Partner Points Newsletter: April 2024

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Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services - Cardinal Care

Partner Points Newsletter April 2024 

Important Updates

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Secure Your Spot for the Language & Disability Access Forum on May 14, 2024

Join us on May 14, 2024, from 1 – 3 p.m., for a virtual forum on Language and Disability Access. This event is organized by the Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS) and is the first for 2024. The goal of the series is to consult and engage with Virginia Medicaid stakeholders to understand and meet the language and disability access needs of our communities.

The two-hour forum is open to the public and will focus on the theme: "Translations, Language Taglines and Strategies for Identifying Frequently Used Languages."

During the forum, a dynamic panel discussion will explore how state agencies and Medicaid stakeholders handle translations to enhance accessibility for individuals with limited English proficiency and people with disabilities.

Don't miss this opportunity to learn from this essential dialogue. Save the date, mark your calendars, and join us for this event on May 14!

The forum will be held through Microsoft Teams. Please register for the event ahead of time as space is limited. Visit the DMAS website for more information or email your forum-related questions to

Register Today

Things to Know

Updated Doula Care Form

New Form Replaces Previous Doula Recommendation Form

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The DMAS Doula Care Form allows Virginia Medicaid community doulas to provide doula care services to Medicaid members. A doula care form is not the same as a prescription/medical order, nor a referral form. When a licensed practitioner (such as a physician, licensed midwife, nurse practitioner, or others) completes this doula care form, they are enabling the Medicaid member access to non-clinical community doula services such as: childbirth education, comfort and massage, resource referrals, labor support, lactation support, and more. A community doula provides physical, emotional, and informational support before, during, and after a woman gives birth.

All Virginia Medicaid members who are pregnant or have given birth in the last six months are eligible to receive community doula services regardless of health status.

The form was previously called the doula recommendation form. The new doula care form is available in English and Spanish on the DMAS community doula web page for providers.

For questions or assistance with the doula care form, please email


Upcoming DMAS Meetings

DMAS hosts many public meetings every month that you are welcome to attend. These meetings are listed on the DMAS website, under News and Updates. Some upcoming meetings include:

  • April 30: Medicaid Managed Care Advisory Committee
  • May 16: Nursing Facility Rebasing Townhall
  • May 30: Private Hospital Affiliated Physician Supplemental Payments Townhall
  • June 6: Children’s Health Insurance Program Advisory Committee Virginia (CHIPAC)

For more information, visit the DMAS website.

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