Catalyst for Improved Care: Integrating Behavioral Healthcare Providers into ACOs

Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) are evolving to be a significant option in the ever–changing healthcare landscape. ACOs support the strong trend toward population health and value–based contracting, with a transition to payments based on outcomes rather than services provided … with the goals of improving outcomes and reducing costs.

However, there is one often overlooked or neglected dimension of today’s ACOs: The critical need to incorporate behavioral health quality measures and providers into the mix. As more is known about the need to treat the “whole–person” in healthcare, it becomes increasingly obvious that accountable care without incorporating the clients’ mental and physical health will be very hard—if not unsustainable.

 

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Catalyst for Improved Care: Integrating Behavioral Healthcare Providers into ACOs

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