PsychU Spotlight:
Integrated Care & Value-Based Payments

Integrating physical and behavioral health care and encouraging collaboration and integration across providers is becoming increasingly important, as health care systems attempt to provide higher quality care for lower costs. For many individuals, primary care is the initial health care access point, making screening for mental illness in this setting ever more important; co-occurring mental illnesses often go undiagnosed or untreated because systematic screening for mental illnesses is not a widespread practice in primary care.i As the health care market shifts towards value-based payment systems – many of which incentivize integrated care as a way to address cost and quality benchmarks – all stakeholders will be affected. Given the importance integration and value-based payments have on the treatment individuals with mental illnesses receive, PsychU is taking the month of February to focus on how payers, providers, and consumers are being affected. Check out our special collection of curated resources for this month below.

iCroze, C. (2015). Healthcare integration in the era of the affordable care act. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Retrieved January 6 2017 from http://www.integration.samhsa.gov/integrated-care-models/Healthcare_Integration_In_the_Era_of_ACA.pdf

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