Behavioral Health Business September 29, 2023
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...