Implementing Behavioral Health Care Reform in New York's Medicaid Program

Author/Editor: Elizabeth M. Patchias and Michael Birnbaum


This report examines the implementation of Medicaid policy changes in New York, which will require participation in care management for beneficiaries receiving behavioral health services. Until now beneficiaries have typically received these services under a fee-for-service payment model.

With the new State policy shifting the Medicaid behavioral health benefit into a new care management framework, this report explains the roles and responsibilities of newly authorized regional behavioral health organizations; considers the relationships among them, the State, providers, managed care plans, and beneficiaries; discusses the long-term challenges of integrating behavioral and physical health care delivery; and considers how the State might measure the effectiveness of care.

Read an accompanying report, Implementing Long-Term Care Reform in New York's Medicaid Program.

Copyright: 2012
Published: 02.27.2012




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