The steps health executives should take to improve mental healthcare.
As the number of individuals seeking healthcare services continues to climb, the lack of access to essential outpatient resources remains a particularly troublesome patient hurdle. In 2017, the National Institute of Mental Health conducted a national survey that found one in five adults in America live with a mental illness, representing nearly 20% of all U.S. adults.
Adults seeking treatment or preventative health services are often unable to access quality behavioral healthcare. Additionally, continued stigma surrounding mental health issues, combined with an inadequate workforce within the field and a disparity of community-based resources from county to county, make it difficult to pinpoint exactly where individuals fall through the cracks and become discouraged from seeking treatment.
Managed care organizations can play a role in reducing costs and improving care by significantly enhancing outpatient services and establishing new partnership models for more effective outpatient treatment.
Here are five ways managed care can have an outsized impact:
Demand for mental health services is
over the next 20 years. Integration, data management, and proper training are critical first steps to develop a solid foundation for improving quality and delivery of this care. Operating in a managed care setting provides a unique opportunity to identify the areas where we can truly make an impact and make smart investments in education, services, and efficiencies.
John Figueroa, MBA, is a member ofPepperdine Graziadio Business School board, and former CEO of Genoa Healthcare, a behavioral health pharmacy, telepsychiatry, and medication management company.