Bringing Equity to the Forefront with CalAIM
The recent recommended changes for CalAIM and Medi-Cal reform have provided new mechanisms for counties to strongly engage with individuals on targeted Social Determinants of Care (SDoC). These areas are covered under what CalAIM is calling Enhanced Care Management (ECM) where they encourage care management of targeted populations, ensuring that identification and management of comprehensive needs of individuals through whole person care approaches assist with improving quality outcomes and reducing health disparities.
When talking about one’s health, it is not limited to just physical health. A person’s overall health has to do with mental, emotional, physical and spiritual well-being. It is important to understand all these aspects of a person’s health to truly provide the proper care for that individual. One of CalAIMs goals include managing a person’s overall needs through whole person care approaches and social drivers of health. In supporting Californians' ability to stay healthy in all aspects of life, counties are looking for EHR solutions that have completed the voluntary MU certification on Social Drivers of Health (SDoH) 170.315 social, psychological and behavioral Health. Netsmart was the first behavioral health provider to obtain this certification back in 2017. Beyond this test ONC Engagement also includes:
This will help CalAIM improve quality outcomes, reduce health disparities and transform the delivery system through value-based initiatives, modernization and payment reform which will require using the SDoC data, COMBINED with Health data to analyze equity. They also want to help make Medi-Cal a more consistent and seamless system for enrollees to navigate by reducing complexity and increasing flexibility. Check out https://HealthIT.gov/SDOH to learn more about SDoCs and ONC standards and certifications.
Thursday, August 11 | Human Services,Thought Leadership,Value-based Care
In our recent blog, Origins of Peer Support for Individuals with Mental Illness, we discussed how the value of peers in support of the mentally ill has been recognized for a very long time, but its popularity varied since its first reported use in France in the 1800s. The voices of those with serious mental illness were finally being heard, helping change attitudes from professional protectiveness to “Nothing about us without us.” In this section we will discuss the more recent history of peers in the United States and how the growth of peer support varied between different countries.More
Thursday, July 28 | Human Services,Thought Leadership,Value-based Care
Peers have gained increased visibility and prominence in today’s behavioral health system. In this six-part blog series, we will discuss how the peer movement evolved in mental health and substance use care. We will also share the current state of the peer movement and what the future looks like for these services. In the first part of the series, we begin by looking at the interesting history of peer support for individuals with mental illness that dates back more than 200 years.More
Thursday, July 21 | Thought Leadership,Post-Acute Care,Value-based Care
Palliative care has seen tremendous growth as providers have begun to unlock the keys to profitability through value-based contracts. Now considered one of the highest demand and most needed services in the post-acute care continuum, industry leaders unpack the skills need to expand service lines, an advanced technology platform, interoperability, and pursuing a value-based contract to improve patient care and reduce costs.More