Earlier this week the Arizona Department of Administration issued a “Stay Order” for transition related activities connected with the transfer of our Maricopa County Behavioral Health Authority from Magellan to Mercy Maricopa Integrated Care. This isn’t uncommon during protests, and the Stay wasn’t issued on the merits of the award protest. It’s more of a procedural decision that allows ADOA to review all the material submitted by Magellan, ADHS and Mercy Maricopa Integrated Care.
The Stay shouldn’t impact most of our daily business in managing our current contracts. Areas like the Office of Health Care Development and the Office of Individual and Family Affairs will need to restrict their activity related to the transition until the Stay Order is lifted. Our legal staff will also be providing advice on daily work in those areas as it relates to preparation for integrated care versus actual transition of services. More to come…
Are there any updates on the Stay Order?
Not really. The Stay remains in place pending a Hearing at the AZ Office of Administrative Hearings. The Hearing has initially been scheduled for mid-August but may be postponed until October. We don’t know yet.
Do you know if the hearing took place this month before the ALJ, and what the outcome was?