MSBA works closely with the Department of Social Services on a continuing basis to build a bridge between the IDEA regulations and Medicaid regulations, making recommendations where possible to reduce requirements that are duplicative and costly to districts in time and money. We are delighted to report that those efforts have recently resulted in a reduction in prescription requirements for speech/language services and occupational therapy services to be billed under MO HealthNet Division.

Effective August 1, 2019, the prescription requirement has changed from an annual prescription to a one-time only prescription for speech/language services and occupational therapy services. Each subsequent year after the prescription is in place, the IEP serves as the need for on-going services. There are specific rules that must be met in this regard. MSBA is in the process of reprogramming Therapylog to adapt to the changes and developing specific training for our Medicaid Consortium schools.

What should I do at this time?

Answer: Stop requesting any prescriptions for this school year. If you use the prescription service through MSBA with Dr. Burgdorf, we have asked that he stop writing prescriptions for MSBA Consortium members until the new rules and process in Therapylog are in place. If you use a local physician(s) we recommend you have them stop writing prescriptions until you receive training at the MSBA Fall Regional Training the week of September 9.

I have a few questions. How can I get them answered?

Answer: Your MSBA Medicaid Consortium team is always happy to answer any of your questions. Collin, Lisa and Ashley Branstetter are the most knowledgeable about these changes. Please do not hesitate to contact one of them.