Behavioral and physical health care are often delivered and managed separately, creating obstacles to optimal population health, barriers for patients seeking care, and challenges for providers caring for patients who need both types of services. These two sides of care have traditionally been managed through separate regulatory systems, financing models, data systems for documentation, and sites of care.
California Improvement Network partners discussed recent changes in the health policy and funding environments that have focused attention on the integration of behavioral health with physical health care. Two of these changes are Affordable Care Act (ACA)-related expansions to Medi-Cal: one broadens eligibility, and the other increases benefits.
AltaMed Health Services Corporation and L.A. Care Health Plan presented findings and reflections from the field.