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Certified Community Behavioral health Clinics: What You Need to Know Today

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October 2015

Make Sure You’re Prepared for the CCBHC Movement!

The behavioral health industry has watched some recent health reform measures from a bit of a distance, but today we are on the verge of a major shift.

Behavioral health centers need to know where they stand today, and what they need to do to prepare for the clinical, financial and technological impact of the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic pilot program.

What is a Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic?

In 2014, Congress passed the Protecting Access to Medicare Act. One provision in that act directed the Department of Health and Human Services to create a Medicaid pilot program to certify behavioral health clinics, based on quality measures, evidence-based treatment, and a new cost-based payment system.

With more than $24 million in planning grants available and the promise of higher reimbursements for CCBHCs in the pilot, this program represents the largest federal investment in mental health and substance abuse treatment in a generation.

 

The Potential Changes in the Industry Require Strategic Thinking to Be Prepared:

  • Are you now capturing all the information that will be required as a CCBHC? You will have to begin during the planning period.
  • How will the new data requirements affect your clinical workflow? How will they affect your operations? How will they affect your technology needs?
  • Do you need to increase salaries that you’ve kept low, knowing that future reimbursements will likely support more appropriate compensation for your clinicians and staff?
  • Are you analyzing productivity? While that’s not specifically measured in the required data for CCBHCs, each clinic will need to ensure their business model and productivity work within new payment structures.
  • Do you need a capital outlay now to fund an EHR that will help you capture and respond the quality measures you need to be certified and achieve reimbursement goals?

Download this whitepaper today to learn how you can stay on top of CCBHC planning and pilots will be essential for all behavioral health providers. The new payment systems and quality measures may be starting in a Medicaid pilot, but they seem likely to spread industry wide, and soon.