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Providers’ Guide to Behavioral Health Integration

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The integration of behavioral health and Bayou Health gives us all an opportunity to work more closely together, across the spectrum of healthcare, to improve the health and well-being of our members and patients.

Important Resources

Help and Guidance

Provider Orientation Webinars Every Tuesday

To help our new behavioral health providers have a smooth transition into our network, we will host weekly orientation webinars each Tuesday in December and January. The webinar sessions will last two hours to allow for a thorough question and answer period.

When: 10 am – noon, every Tuesday, December 1 – January 31

Who should attend: Office managers, billers, clinicians and others involved in the managed care process

How to join: 

  • Call in: 1-855-351-5537 | Access code: 272-242-7546#
  • Web: (Enter as “Guest”)

Authorizations and Transition of Care

We are committed to creating a smooth, uninterrupted transition of care for our members and providers. From 12/01/15 through 02/29/16, we will implement a transition of care period for Magellan authorizations.

There will be a grace period for all authorizations with end dates before 12/31/15. These authorizations will be automatically extended to 12/31/2015.

Outpatient Treatment

Electroconvulsive Therapy

Psych Testing

Mental Health Rehabilitation – Adults

Must complete all four to receive approval for services. 

Mental Health Rehabilitation – Children


Must complete all three to receive approval for services. 


Non-Emergency Ambulance Transportation

Reporting Adverse Incidents

Where To Send Claims

If you decide to use a Clearinghouse like PaySpan or Emdeon, they will send your claims directly to us on your behalf. Claims can also be submitted electronically using our secure portal or can be mailed to our claims processing center (not our Baton Rouge headquarters):

Louisiana Healthcare Connections, ATTN: Claims
P.O. BOX 4040, Farmington, MO 63640-3826

Learn more in the Behavioral Health Provider Quick Start Guide.

DHH Fee Schedule

View the latest Fee Schedule from the Department of Health and Hospitals. 

How to Join Our Provider Network

To ensure a smooth transition and uninterrupted care for your patients, we and our partner company, Cenpatico, are acting quickly to contract with behavioral health providers. Prospective Provider Packets have been mailed to all current providers in the Magellan network.

Join our behavioral health network online »

For questions or to meet with a Network Contracting representative, contact Beverly Hunter at 1-337-296-5425,

Provider Search Listings

Once you are fully contracted and credentialed, Louisiana Healthcare Connections will automatically add you to our online Find a Provider search feature and submit your information to DHH for inclusion in the Bayou Health online provider listing.

Setting Up Automatic Bank Deposit

Once we process your prospective provider packet, PaySpan will send you an invitation to register to receive electronic payments. This service is free for our providers and registration only takes 5-10 minutes. During registration, you will set up a profile of your practice, specify bank accounts (multiple accounts if you desire), and set preferences for checks, EFTs, ERAs, and claim payment information.

Clinical Training

We offer free training for Louisiana Healthcare Connections network providers and stakeholders. Dedicated clinical trainers will offer sessions in group settings, through web-based training, and in person. Through these efforts, we hope to enhance integrated care and expand the use of evidenced based practices for both behavioral and physical health providers. Training topics will include:

  • Covered Benefits and Levels of Care
  • Medical Necessity Criteria
  • Behavioral Health Screening Tools
  • Behavioral Health 101
  • Diagnosis Specific Topics
  • Stress Management for Caregivers


  • Completing clinical authorizations

  • And many, many more.

We are approved to provide Continuing Education Units (CEUs) to the following licenses: LPC. In addition, Relias Learning, our e-learning partner, is credentialed to provide CEUs for American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), Licensed Addiction Counselors, (LAC, RAC, CIT, GAC, etc.) as well as a variety of other boards.

To view a full list of topics and to sign up for trainings and webinars, please visit, select “Louisiana”, select topic and date, and complete the registration form.

To request a new topic or a personal training for your agency, please contact the training team:

Download the PCP Toolkit for Behavioral Health for information and resources on ADHD, Anxiety, Depression and Substance Use Disorder.

Non-licensed Behavioral Health Provider Training

Non-licensed behavioral health providers are required by the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals to complete standard basic training courses. Access these trainings here.

Additional Resources

View FAQs and other helpful information on our Behavioral Health Provider Resource page.