The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has announced a new model to test approaches for addressing behavioral and physical health, as well as social needs, for people with Medicaid and Medicare.
The model will launch in the fall 2024 and is anticipated to operate for eight years in up to eight states. CMS is expected to release a Notice of Funding Opportunity this spring.
Practice participants in the Integration for Behavioral Health Model will be community-based behavioral health organizations and providers, including Community Mental Health Centers, public or private practices, opioid treatment programs, and safety net providers where individuals can receive outpatient mental health and SUD services.
The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation model will incentivize practice participants to work collaboratively to screen, assess and coordinate between individuals’ physical and behavioral health needs by being given the resources to facilitate integrated care.
This includes infrastructure payments to support health IT capacity building, electronic health records, and practice transformation; technical assistance; and a predictable value-based payment model.