Accountable Care Organizations, which used to be the wave of the future, are the here and now. As groups of doctors, hospitals and other healthcare providers come together to coordinate care, it is essential they include behavioral health providers in the mix. According to a recent National Comorbidity Survey, 17 percent of the adult population had comorbid mental and medical conditions within a 12-month period. Patients with comorbidities require a comprehensive treatment plan to truly bend the cost curve. For example, statistics show a person with diabetes will cost an average of $9,000 per year to treat. However If that person also has a diagnosis of a behavioral health and/or a substance use disorder, that number skyrockets to more than $36,000 per year. ACOs focused on the whole person will be much better positioned to achieve the needed outcomes and cost reductions required within ACO populations.
You’ve heard the buzz, ICD-10 will be delayed a year now that President Obama has signed the bill. At Netsmart, we believe the delay to ICD-10 implementation simply forestalls the inevitable. All current activities from Accountable Care, Meaningful Use, and Mental Health Parity are based upon a shift from pay-for-quantity to pay-for-quality.
July 1, 2013
Southern California in general and the campus of USC in particular are beautiful this time of year. The temperature and humidity are such that registration for conferences happens outside on a green lawn under a tent. Such were the circumstances surrounding my recent visit to Los Angeles to present at the 7th International Conference on Social Work in Health and Mental Health on the USC campus http://www.pathways2013.com. I have done a lot of presentations and Continue reading The New World of Accountable Care: A visit to the University of Southern California