To improve patient mental health outcomes and reduce healthcare costs, behavioral health needs to move to a value-based payment model and be better integrated into primary care. However, significant hurdles stand in the way. Payers could play a pivotal role in addressing the problem, but this will require careful cooperation with providers.
According to Rhonda Robinson Beale of UnitedHealth Group, “I think what’s really important to decrease the fragmentation is to have the providers, as well as the health plans, systems, working together – each have a very important role. I think health plans are realizing and working towards value based contracts. They also realize providers need the infrastructure and the support to do that.”
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(Source: Behavioral Health Business, April 24th, 2023)