Behavioral Health Business September 26, 2022
Providers approved for the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) new ACO REACH program are seeing an opportunity to further integrate behavioral health into care.
Earlier this year, CMS announced it was nixing direct contracting and replacing it with the ACO Realizing Equity, Access and Community Health (REACH) model. Multiple direct-contracting models were unveiled under the previous CMS administration, but Biden officials opted to scrap them after a wave of backlash from health care stakeholders.
Like other Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), the REACH model ties provider reimbursement to quality metrics. The defining feature of an ACO REACH is a focus on equity, access and care coordination, including to those in traditionally underserved communities.
Now, some providers are seeing...