Children's Behavioral Health Integration & Value Transformation Toolkit
The Children's Behavioral Health Integration & Value Transformation Toolkit was developed to support children's behavioral health agencies in Washington State in taking practical steps toward integrated care and value transformation.
In the coming years, behavioral health agencies will be paid based on measurable health outcomes and demonstrable evidence of value, rather than strictly through fee-for-service or no-risk capitated payment arrangements. Value-based payment is shaping up along a continuum, with statewide efforts enabling providers to move along that continuum. This involves risk sharing and incentives to reward providers for achieving quality. So, how can behavioral health agencies make a positive impact on the quality and effectiveness of physical health care, on achievement of standardized population health measures, on improving client/patient experience, and on reducing unnecessary costs of care?
The Washington Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, under the Pediatric Transforming Clinical Practices Initiative (P-TCPi), has just released a toolkit for child-serving behavioral health agencies. The toolkit was developed by Blake Edwards in the course of working with behavioral health agencies across the state to assess challenges, promising practices, and successes related to integrated care and value transformation. It is not intended as a blueprint but, truly, as a "toolkit" from which to tailor vision and practical steps in a direction that may be right for a particular behavioral health agency. Those practices enrolled in Pediatric TCPi will receive training, technical assistance, and coaching through the grant initiative, but the toolkit itself is being offered widely as a free resource.