National Coalition for Access to Autism Services

a nonprofit organization

 

The National Coalition for Access to Autism Services (NCAAS) seeks to preserve and expand access to the services and supports necessary to ensure that people with autism have every opportunity to fulfill their potential. 

In the News - MAY 8, 2019

NCAAS members lobbied Congress in February to include today’s report language to protect access to autism treatment by enforcing the federal Mental Health Parity & Addiction Equity Act.

NCAAS members lobbied Congress in February to include today’s report language to protect access to autism treatment by enforcing the federal Mental Health Parity & Addiction Equity Act.

NCAAS has secured language in the U.S. House Appropriations Committee Fiscal Year 2020 Labor-HHS-Education funding bill that addresses violations of Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA) in the context of autism treatment. Importantly, the language explicitly identifies parent/caregiver participation requirements, preauthorization processes, location of services exclusions, and fail-first policies as examples of MHPAEA violations. Additionally, it directs CMS to ensure compliance with MHPAEA and highlights the important role health plans and insurers can play by training their personnel about this important law in the context of access to medically necessary autism treatment.

Many thanks to the members of the House Appropriations Committee and all of the NCAAS members for their tireless efforts to promote awareness of MHPAEA and its importance to the autism community.

FEBRUARY 13, 2019

NCAAS members will be on Capitol Hill advocating for the autism community, addressing issues ranging from TRICARE for our active duty and retired military families to enforcement of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA). Check back soon for updates!

NOvember 2018

FAQ - 2019 CPT Codes for Adaptive Behavior — NCAAS surveyed its members to identify and answer the most frequently asked questions about the new 2019 CPT I codes for adaptive behavior. Click here to view the FAQs. If we didn’t answer your question, you can ask your question on the NCAAS Facebook page.

November 14-16: NCAAS is attending the American Medical Association’s CPT and RBRVS 2019 Annual Symposium in Chicago. We have collected ABA providers’ most frequently asked questions and will post an FAQ resource by the end of the Symposium.

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Adaptive behavior codes for ABA to be “Contractor Priced.”

As anticipated, CMS did not value the adaptive behavior codes in its Final Rule. Instead, the codes are “contractor priced,” which means that providers will continue to negotiate rates with payers just as they do now.

NCAAS commends CMS for not establishing valuations for these codes prematurely as the growing autism prevalence rate and accompanying shortage of behavior analysts are but two elements that contribute to the unpredictability of the cost for providers to deliver top-quality ABA. Without understanding all of the elements that contribute to the cost of delivering ABA, the risk of a valuation that is not reflective of the actual cost to serve individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder represented a significant concern as we awaited CMS’s NPRM.  CMS’s decision to continue contractor pricing for the services covered by the adaptive behavior codes is good news to assure continued expanded access to ABA services, regardless of where families might live in the U.S.

Check back soon for more information following the release of the CPT® Assistant and CPT Changes.

 

 
 

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