Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Valeo to Limit Patient Services ; Behavioral Care Provider Cites Medicaid Issues

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Valeo to Limit Patient Services ; Behavioral Care Provider Cites Medicaid Issues

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Citing a "perfect storm" of Medicaid cuts, lack of Medicaid expansion and delayed implementation of a Medicaid eligibility program, Valeo Behavioral Health Care announced Thursday it will reduce services to uninsured patients.

"The announcement in mid-May that Medicaid rates may be cut by 4 percent is but one of a number of serious funding issues to hit public mental health in the past nine months," said Bill Persinger, Valeo's CEO, during a meeting of the Shawnee County Commission.

The cut will cost Valeo, a leading provider of behavioral health care in the county, a projected $537,000 during the next year, Persinger said. It is the latest hit of several to Valeo's funding.

In March, Persinger told commissioners of an austerity plan that he believed would allow Valeo to survive a state funding crisis. After the Medicaid cuts of mid-May, Valeo dug in even deeper, he said.

"Our austerity plan became even more austere," Persinger told commissioners.

But it wasn't enough. In addition to the Medicaid cuts and opposition from the Kansas Legislature to Medicaid expansion, Persinger cited termination of the Medicaid Health Homes program and Psychiatric Hospital Pre-Admission Medicaid Screening program.

As a result, he announced Thursday, Valeo will begin limiting services.

Under Valeo's current system, the 27 percent of its customers who are uninsured pay for services out of their own pockets at highly discounted rates based on their income. That soon will change.

Valeo now will offer something similar to a health insurance plan. It will have a basic, defined set of services, with limits on some of those services.

"No one will be turned away," Persinger said. "Rather, there will be a reduced scope of services offered, based on our available resources."

Patients will be offered services based on the severity of their symptoms and diagnoses, he said. Like a managed care company, Valeo will closely monitor which services are being used. When a person has exhausted the range of their care, they will be discharged or their care will be reduced. …

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