Behavioral Health Business September 29, 2023
Morgan Gonzales

State Medicaid programs are increasingly overhauling payment structures in favor of value-based payment systems. A new report suggests that value-based payment reform may decrease mental health emergency room visits.

Value-based payment strategies reward providers and health plans with incentive payments for the quality, rather than quantity, of care provided to patients.

A new study published in the JAMA Health Forum found that Medicaid value-based payment reform was associated with increased behavioral health visits.

It was also associated with a reduction in mental health emergency department visits.

“Consistent with policy goals, [value-based payment] reform was associated with more behavioral health visits and fewer mental health ED visits,” authors of the study wrote. “Generally, the strongest and most sustained associations were seen...

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Topics: Health System / Hospital, Insurance, Medicaid, Mental Health, Patient / Consumer, Payment Models, Provider, Survey / Study, Trends, Value Based
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