Health reform and the Affordable Care Act: The importance of mental health treatment to achieving th

Authors, Primary Katon,Wayne J.;Unutzer,Jurgen
Title Primary Health reform and the Affordable Care Act: The importance of mental health treatment to achieving the triple aim.
Periodical Full Journal of Psychosomatic Research
Pub Year 2013
Volume 74
issue 6
Start Page 533-537
Abstract This editorial discusses health reform and the Affordable Care Act in United States. Health reform efforts in the United States, including development of the chronic care model, the primary care medical home, pay-for-performance initiatives and federally-funded Medicare demonstration projects preceded the passage of the federal 2010 Accountable Care Act (ACA). In addition to expanding health care coverage to uninsured populations in many states, the ACA provides recommendations to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to test new payment and delivery models such as the Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) or Health Home models and Accountable Care Organizations in an to attempt to improve quality and outcomes of health care. Although Medicare are government-funded programs, many commercial insurers are following the CMS lead to incentivize these charges in health care. These ongoing health reform initiatives including the gradual implementation of the ACA are rapidly changing the health care system. Both government and private health insurers in the US are incentivizing primary care systems to make changes to meet PCMH requirements. The ACA will expand Medicaid coverage to uninsured patients in many states and has a provision to provide states with additional federal funding to pay for development of Health Homes that care for the majority of Medicaid patients. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2013 APA, all rights reserved)
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Author/Address Katon, Wayne J.: wkaton@uw.edu; Katon, Wayne J.: Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA, US Unutzer, Jurgen: Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Wash(TRUNCATED)
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Reference Type(s) Journal Article
Topic Tag(s) Comprehensive Care;Policy Issues
Special Population(s) Medicaid Recipients;Medicare Beneficiaries;People with Mental and Behavioral Health Issues
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