Masciandaro and Augustine Speak on Funding Behavioral Health Services

Joe Masciandaro, CEO/President at CarePlus, and Tara Augustine, COO at CarePlus, were interviewed by Anjalee Khemlani of ROI-NJ on the topic of funding and expanding integrated primary and behavioral health services. Their thoughts and expertise are shared in the article, titled “Treatment of behavioral health is booming, but payments are not, CarePlus NJ CEO says”.

Health systems in the state have been having discussions of moving away from fee-for-service payments to value-based systems — which focus on keeping patients engaged with the health care system and healthier to avoid costly emergency visits.

In the behavioral health space, it was easier to follow up with patients and give them the time and attention they needed. But, with a fee associated with each service, there is more incentive for behavioral health centers to focus on the number of services provided.

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