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Financial Models for Integrated Behavioral Health Care

  • Blake Chaffee
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Integrated behavioral health care or “integrated care” is a distinct service delivery model aimed at early identification and appropriate intervention with that portion of medical/surgical patients presenting with behavioral health issues. The clinical rationale for integrated care and the potential for medical cost offset savings have been clearly substantiated in available research (Cummings, 2007; O’Donohue, Ferguson & Cummings, 2002), but the financial models supporting it as part of health care operations rather than as a demonstration program have been less fully explored. This chapter discusses the financial considerations for health care organizations in implementing integrated care and models to support it.

Integrated care is a service delivery model different from the specialty behavioral health care with different clinical and administrative requirements. Integrated care is not simply hiring and placing behavioral health professionals in primary care settings. Integrated...

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Behavioral Health Integrate Care Behavioral Health Care Behavioral Health Provider Prefer Provider Organization 
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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Vice President, Integrated Healthcare Services, TriWest Healthcare AllianceAZ

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