In Memoriam: ATPA remembers its friend Gary Winkel

Gary Howard Winkel

May 21, 1945 – September 5, 2014

Our Lady of Peace Church

237 East 62nd Street

October 23, 2014   5:30pm -7:00pm

 

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Gary Howard Winkel, beloved husband, father, nephew, partner, friend and counselor, died September 5, 2014 in Buffalo, New York. Born in New York City, Gary attended grammar, middle and high school in South Orange, New Jersey, followed by Bard College in Annandale, New York.

He was a successful businessman in real estate sales, design, manufacturing and marketing of leather goods and, for the past 6 years, he was Director of Community-Based Program Development and Counselor (CASAC-T) at New York’s Parallax Center.

Gary’s father, Melville Leo Winkel, his mother, Dorothy Ostro Winkel, and brother Martin Winkel preceded him in death. Gary is survived by his two sons, Matthew Leo Winkel of New York, New York and Drew Taylor Winkel of Chicago, Illinois, and their mother, Brandy Towns Winkel of Grand Island, New York.

ANNOUNCEMENT: NYC Criminal Justice and Treatment Conference

Dear colleagues:

The planning committee for the annual NYC Criminal Justice and Treatment Conference is disappointed to announce that we have been unable to secure the venue for this year’s conference. Due to changes in leadership at Kingsborough Community College, they were not able to commit to our event and allow the planning committee ample time to put together a conference at the level that everyone has come to expect. Sadly, there will not be a NYC Criminal Justice and Treatment Conference this fall.

However, many of those on the planning committee are also involved in the planning of the statewide conference, which will be held from March 4th through 6th, 2015, in Saratoga Springs, NY. The theme of this year’s conference will be “Treatment and Addiction: Staying Ahead of the Curve.”

Please follow the below link for information on this conference:

http://www.nyadtcp.org/home.html

We encourage all attendees, exhibitors, and sponsors of our conference to support the statewide conference in Saratoga.
It is our intention to secure a new venue for our next NYC conference, which will be held in November of 2015.
Thanks for your continued support and we look forward to seeing you all in 2015.

NY Drug Court

ATPA leads drafting of access to care legislation

It is with great pride that ATPA has played a pivotal role in the both the Assembly Roundtable on Health Insurance Coverage for Chemical Dependence Treatment and the Joint Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction.

Much of the information exchanged during the meeting was critical in achieving a comprehensive Heroin Health Care Crisis package of legislation.

Specifically the “Access to Care” legislation will much improve New Yorkers access to full recovery by the removal of the “fail first” language.

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ATC-Skelos

Please send this to Governor Cuomo or use it as the basis for your own letter

Today is the day. Any amendments that are to be made to the Insurance Access to Care bill we have been working on will be completed by 11:59 tonight (and probably a lot sooner than that).

Our goal is to pressure all state leaders to keep the “same as” bills intact as currently written. That is, A. 9973a /S. 7762a.

Family members are in town today and tomorrow, working to keep the pressure on the Assembly (bill needs to come out of Assembly Insurance Cmte and to the floor).

Attached is a letter for you to complete and send to Governor Cuomo via fax today (as soon as possible). If the line is busy PLEASE keep trying!

(Letter needs your logo and some information specific to your organization in the first paragraph).

Please distribute to your coalition partners as soon as possible.

THANK YOU!

Governor’s Fax: (518) 474-1513

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Assembly Roundtable: A Comprehensive Approach to the Opioid & Heroin Crisis in NY

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NOTICE OF ROUNDTABLES

SUBJECT:

A Comprehensive Approach to the Opiate and Heroin Crisis

PURPOSE:

To examine and discuss current policies related to opiate and heroin abuse, including treatment options, in order to develop awareness and potential legislation

Albany

Monday, May 12, 2014

11:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M.

Room 104-A

Legislative Office Building

Albany, NY

New York City

Thursday, June 5, 2014

10:30 A.M. – 1:30 P.M.

Room 2225, 22nd Floor

250 Broadway

New York, NY

Participation by Invitation Only

Illicit opiate and heroin use has sharply increased recently throughout the country, including New York State. There are daily news reports of opiate overdoses, which often result in death. This scourge has especially affected young people throughout the state. These roundtables will examine the problem from a public health perspective and explore solutions including prevention, treatment options and possible legislation. The roundtables will include representatives of groups from across the state, including chemical dependence prevention and treatment providers, physicians, drug policy experts, and law enforcement.

Persons invited to participate at the above roundtable should complete and return the enclosed reply form as soon as possible. It is important that the reply form be fully completed and returned so that persons may be notified in the event of emergency postponement or cancellation. In order to further publicize this roundtable, please inform interested parties and organizations of this upcoming roundtable discussion.

In order to meet the needs of those who may have a disability, the Assembly, in accordance with its policy of non-discrimination on the basis of disability, as well as the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), has made its facilities and services available to all individuals with disabilities. For individuals with disabilities, accommodations will be provided, upon reasonable request, to afford such individuals access and admission to Assembly facilities and activities.

Steven Cymbrowitz

Member of Assembly

Chair

Committee on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse

Richard N. Gottfried

Member of Assembly

Chair

Committee on Health

Joseph R. Lentol

Member of Assembly

Chair

Committee on Codes

SELECTED ISSUES TO WHICH PARTICIPANTS MAY DIRECT THEIR COMMENTS:

• Why has illicit opiate and heroin usage increased so dramatically in recent years?

• What substance abuse treatment options are currently available to opiate and heroin abusers? What more can be done?

• How can awareness be raised regarding chemical dependency and prevention?

• Has the increased availability of opioid antagonists, such as naloxone, helped in preventing fatal opiate-related overdoses? How can the “911 Good Samaritan Act” (Chapter 154 of the Laws of 2011) be further utilized?

• Who are the persons most impacted by illicit opiate and heroin abuse? Is usage widespread, or concentrated or most common in certain communities?

• What can health care professionals, especially those with prescribing authority, do to help curb opiate abuse and addiction?

• What is the role of law enforcement, including police and district attorneys, in combatting opiate and heroin abuse?

• What more needs to be done to raise the awareness of the general public about the opioid and heroin abuse crisis?

ROUNDTABLE REPLY FORM

Persons invited to present comments at the public roundtable examining “A Comprehensive Approach to the Opiate and Heroin Crisis” are requested to complete this reply form as soon as possible and mail, email or fax it to:

Nathaniel Jenkins

Analyst

Assembly Committee on Codes

Room 513, Capitol

Albany, NY 12248

Email:jenkinsn@assembly.state.ny.us

Phone: 518-455-4313

Fax: 518-455-3669

Albany Lobby Day for Access to Care

There is an epidemic here on Long Island with heroin and other opioid prescription pain medications costing us the lives of hundreds of our young people and other family members.  It is getting more and more difficult to get treatment episodes paid for by the insurance companies that are contracted  to cover the lives of individuals.  Something must be done…and the time to do it is now!

There are two bills right now in the Senate (S4623) and Assembly (A7003A) calling for a change to NYS Insurance Law regarding who determines medical necessity, the Insurance Company who has a fiduciary interest in denying care, or a physician or qualified healthcare professional  exercising good clinical judgment.  Access to Care is the issue.

Next Tuesday, May 6th we have an opportunity to go to Albany and let our legislators know we want change and we need their help!  Attached you will find a flyer announcing a Mother’s Day Press Conference which will be held in the afternoon and a morning filled with the chance to visit with those who represent us in Albany.  A bus going from Long Island and you are invited to join in.  All others are welcome to join us there.

Please consider this important event and contact me if you have any questions.  Together we can make a difference.  Our young people need us to lead the way.

MothersDayPress 2014

Support for Access to Care Bills

Important bills to support for the field.

Legislative flyer

For-NY Policy Statement

ATPA SupportLtr

Petition Access to treatment1 (2)

Dear New York State Prevention Services Provider:

 

Links and Resources | January 2014

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A Woman’s Guide to Alcohol and Addiction

 

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HelpGuide.org: Drug and Substance Abuse Treatment

 

 

 

 

 

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Addiction Recovery Support

Medicare and Mental Health: What’s Covered, What’s Not?

Medicare and Mental Health: What’s Covered, What’s Not?

 

 

 

 

ATTENTION FREESTANDING CHEMICAL DEPENDENCE OUTPATIENT CLINICS, CHEMICAL DEPENDENCE OUTPATIENT REHABILITATION AND OUTPATIENT YOUTH PROGRAMS

ATTENTION FREESTANDING CHEMICAL DEPENDENCE OUTPATIENT CLINICS, CHEMICAL DEPENDENCE OUTPATIENT REHABILITATION AND OUTPATIENT YOUTH PROGRAMS

Effective January 1, 2014 APG reimbursement methodology will be fully implemented in Freestanding Chemical Dependence Outpatient Clinics, Chemical Dependence Outpatient Rehabilitation and Outpatient Youth Programs.

This is a reminder that effective January 1, 2014 APG reimbursement will be fully implemented in Freestanding Chemical Dependence Outpatient clinics, Chemical Dependence Outpatient Rehabilitation programs, and Outpatient Youth programs. This is the conclusion of the multi-year phase-in from the blended threshold/legacy APG reimbursement methodology to full APG reimbursement. Effective January 1, 2014 reimbursement for services provided will be calculated using only the APG reimbursement methodology (e.g. APG base rate X service weight, minus any applicable service discounts).

Freestanding Chemical Dependence Outpatient clinics, Chemical Dependence Outpatient Rehabilitation programs, and Outpatient Youth programs will continue to bill using their APG rate code and enter appropriate HCPCS/CPT service codes on the line level for the services that were provided to the client on that service date/visit. Reimbursement for the APG coded claim will continue to be paid using APG reimbursement methodology (including applying APG discounts when appropriate). For a listing of service codes, please refer to the on-line APG manual at: http://www.oasas.ny.gov/admin/hcf/APG/documents/APGManual.pdf.

For claims with dates of service prior to January 1, 2014 and are submitted after January 1, 2014, these claims will have the Phase three legacy blend applied to the reimbursement.

Note: Hospital-based Chemical Dependence Outpatient clinics, Chemical Dependence Outpatient Rehabilitation programs, and Outpatient Youth programs continue to be reimbursed the threshold/legacy amount.

If you have any questions regarding this notification, please e-mail the APG mailbox at APG@oasas.ny.gov

ATTENTION OASAS FREESTANDING OPIOID TREATMENT PROGRAMS

Oasas

ATTENTION OASAS FREESTANDING OPIOID TREATMENT PROGRAMS

Effective January 6, 2014 APG reimbursement methodology will be fully implemented in Freestanding Opioid Treatment programs.

This is a reminder that effective January 6, 2014 APG reimbursement will be fully implemented in Freestanding Opioid Treatment Programs. This is the conclusion of the multi-year phase-in from the blended threshold/legacy APG reimbursement methodology to full APG reimbursement. Effective January 6, 2014 reimbursement for services provided will be calculated using only the APG reimbursement methodology (e.g. APG base rate X service weight, minus any applicable service discounts). Therefore, effective January 6, 2014 the legacy reimbursement portion is phased out; meaning the rate code 1671 should no longer be used.

Effective for dates of service January 6, 2014 forward, OTP programs will only submit one claim. Using the rate code 1564, providers will code on the line level the services that were provided for the billing week. OTP providers will continue to bill the first Medication Administration (H0020) of the week with the “KP” Modifier. Reimbursement for the 1564 rate code claim will continue to be paid using APG reimbursement methodology (including applying APG discounts when appropriate).

For claims with dates of service prior to January 6, 2014, OTP programs submit two claims. Claim One—using the rate code 1671 in the header of the claim, enter the HCPCS code H0020 on the line level. This claim obtains the legacy portion of the reimbursement. Claim Two—using the rate code 1564 in the header of the claim, enter on the line level the HCPCS/CPT codes for the APG services provided to the client during the billing the week. This claim obtains the APG portion of the reimbursement.

The rate code 1471 remains unaffected by the conversion to full APG reimbursement methodology. Rate code 1471 will continue to reimburse as it has throughout the phase in of APGs.

Note: Hospital-based OTP providers continue to be reimbursed the threshold/legacy amount.

If you have questions regarding this notification, please e-mail the APG mailbox at APG@oasas.ny.gov.