Legislation marks Vaupel’s final bill signing
A bill introduced by state Rep. Hank Vaupel, chair of the House Health Policy Committee, creating a uniform Community Mental Health Services credentialing process, was signed into law today.
Credentialing is the process of obtaining, verifying and assessing the qualifications of a practitioner to provide services for a Community Mental Health organization.
The need for uniform credentialing was recognized by the bi-partisan House C.A.R.E.S. Task Force, which identified it as a way to improve the process for providers and make it easier to accept Medicaid patients. Vaupel, who co-chaired the task force, said his legislation is the first step in overhauling universal credentialing for Medicaid by starting with a smaller subset of mental health services.
“Uniform credentialing is a more direct and efficient way of operating that ultimately better serves Michiganders in need of mental health care,” said Vaupel, of Fowlerville. “If a provider receives credentialing for one behavioral Medicaid health plan, they should not have to go through a similar process with additional health plans.”
The legislation marks Vaupel’s last piece of legislation to pass the House, as his final term as state representative comes to a close on Dec. 31.
In addition to being signed by the governor, his plan, House Bill 5178, received overwhelming bipartisan support in both the House and Senate.
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