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Part I The Changes in Context

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How your health care health care – both medical and behavioral – is delivered to you is about to change in major ways, overwhelmingly for the good!

This NHMH Series is NOT about:

It’s about how YOU receive health care at your doctor’s office – how it’s changing, e.g.

The vast majority of Americans are NOT NOW receiving high-quality, evidence-based care (source: highly regarded Institute of Medicine) in their doctor’s office. Coming changes will move us closer to providing high quality care, in a cost-efficient way.

There have been three MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS in the past 3 years creating the context:

ACT I Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 “PARITY”

ACT II American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 “STIMULUS”

ACT III Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 “ACA”

What These New Federal Laws DO:

PARITY: puts the management of behavioral care on an equal basis with the management of medical care, e.g. coverage of office visits, inpatient, medication

STIMULUS: provide seed funding to PCPs and medical practices to install health information technology, i.e. digitalizing health records;

STIMULUS: funds research on what works in drugs, treatments, surgeries, etc (see CER in see Glossary)

ACA: funds pilot project models of high-quality care around the country, e.g. PCMHs and ACOs (see Glossary)

GET READY ! YOU – the patient and families – are at the center of these changes. These changes should happen WITH you, with your voice…… not TO you !


RE-DESIGNING THE SYSTEM THAT DELIVERS YOUR HEALTH CARE TO YOU NEEDS YOUR INVOLVEMENT


Continue to Part II

nhmh five-part series - PART I

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