Maryland pauses licensing for some behavioral health providers

The Maryland Department of Health will pause enrolling some types of behavioral health providers into the state's Medicaid program for six months to address potential fraud, waste and abuse. 

The state will not review new applications for psychiatric rehabilitation programs, home health psychiatric rehabilitation providers, and certain types of partial hospital and intensive outpatient behavioral health programs, according to a June 28 news release from the health department. 

The freeze is in response to rapid growth in these types of providers since moving to an accreditation-only model for provider licensing, according to the release. CMS approved the application freeze. 

The pause in licensure does not apply to individual behavioral health providers, programs in accredited hospitals or federally qualified health centers. 

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