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June 20, 2014

District 11’s Burke to chair Medicaid study committee

ATLANTA —  Georgia Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle selected District 11 Sen. Dean Burke, R-Bainbridge, to chair the Senate Medicaid Care Management Organization Credentialing Study Committee.

During the next several months, the study committee will review ways to establish a standardized Medicaid application process for Georgia.

“With the demand for Medicaid on the rise, credentialing is a necessary and critical first step in securing qualified practitioners to process and manage care under Medicaid management organizations,” said Burke. “I look forward to working with my colleagues on solutions to our application process, which currently leads to increased paperwork and delays in our credentialing process; this can sometimes take up to 120 days, which is completely unacceptable for those in immediate need.”

“I’m happy to appoint (Senator) Burke to the Senate Study Committee on Medicaid Care Management Organization Credentialing and look forward to thoroughly evaluating their findings,” said Cagle. “(Senator) Burke has been a leader on these issues and I’m thankful he’s lending his time and expertise to the important work this committee will perform.”

The committee will specifically focus on reasonable application response time and provide criteria for time extensions to application response time for facilitating Medicaid care management organizations.

The Senate Medicaid Care Management Organization Credentialing Study Committee was created by passage of Senate Resolution 1175 during the 2014 legislative session.

As stated in the resolution, the committee also will include seven other members of the Senate, also appointed by Cagle, and report findings on or before Dec. 1, 2014.

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