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Integration of Behavioral and Physical Health Care as an Essential Solution to our Growing Mental Health Crisis

December 8, 2023 By: Jared Regan Read Time: 9 Minutes
Integration of Behavioral and Physical Health Care as an Essential Solution to our Growing Mental Health Crisis
On April 27, 2023, US Senators Catherine Cortez Mastro (D-NV) and John Cornyn (R-TX) introduced the Connecting Our Medical Providers with Links to Expand Tailored and Effective (COMPLETE) Care Act (S.1378), supported by over 50 organizations representing payors, providers, and patients1. The organizations in favor of the legislation include the American Psychiatric Association, Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute, and the National Alliance on Mental Illness. In September, a companion bill in the House of Representatives, H.R. 5819 COMPLETE Care Act of 2023, was introduced by a bipartisan group of US Representatives led by Dan Kildee (D-MI) and Michelle Steel (R-CA)2. This legislation would promote behavioral health integration in primary care by increasing the reimbursement rate on collaborative care codes for a period of three years, establishing quality measurement reporting requirements for participating primary care groups, and providing technical implementation assistance. Increased reimbursement on collaborative care codes was also included in Section 104 of the Better Mental Health Care, Lower-Cost Drugs, and Extenders Act unanimously passed by the Senate Finance Committee this month. We are excited by the p...
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