U.S. healthcare is in the midst of a transition from fee-for-service payment to a “value-based”
model. Under the fee-for-service model, there is little incentive to improve the patient’s health, or to coordinate care with other providers. This is a particular concern in behavioral health, where many patients experience co-occurring disorders, such as bipolar disorder and diabetes, or depression and alcoholism. This patient population carries higher health costs and lower life expectancy, and so has significant potential for benefiting under value-based care.
In the transition to a value-based model, payers increasingly emphasize holistic approaches
that seek to treat the entire patient. This has created a need for providers to track and report a wide range of data, including medication and appointment adherence, employment, family history and smoking status. The emphasis on holistic treatment also requires more coordinated care among different providers. Unfortunately, U.S. medicine has long had a so-called “silo mentality” that keeps different departments and specialties from working together and sharing data. This lack of connectedness reduces effective communication, increasing costs and even threatening patient outcomes.
Our team at Streamline Healthcare Solutions is sharing this free white paper to further the conversation and understanding of coordinating data in behavioral health under a value-based model. Fill out the form below to receive this free white paper.