managed care en MeckLINK Nearing Its End <p>Mecklenburg County commissioners are poised to give up the county’s new mental health agency, MeckLINK, less than a year after it opened for business. The state is forcing their hand.</p><p> Wed, 30 Oct 2013 21:19:06 +0000 Ben Bradford 38269 at MeckLINK Nearing Its End A Convoluted Appeals System For Mental Health Patients <p>Last year, North Carolina changed how it provides mental health care for those on Medicaid. The state put 11 regional organizations, called MCOs, in charge and gave them less money to work with. So, cuts to care were expected.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">About half of these </span>MCOs<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, including </span>MeckLINK<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in Charlotte, have denied upward of 20 percent of requests for care, according to self-reported data from the organizations. Patients can appeal, but North Carolina has made the process far more difficult.</span></p><p></p><p> Fri, 30 Aug 2013 13:21:44 +0000 Ben Bradford 34318 at Frustrations With MeckLINK Grow As Denials For Care Increase <div><p>Mecklenburg County’s mental health patients are being denied care they have grown accustomed to, after a statewide reorganization cut money available for Medicaid mental health. Mecklenburg County set up the agency, MeckLINK, to manage the remaining funds. The agency's officials blame the state for cutbacks, but providers say denials to patients for service exceed the amount cut by the state.</p> Tue, 13 Aug 2013 13:16:47 +0000 Ben Bradford 33231 at Frustrations With MeckLINK Grow As Denials For Care Increase