Behavioral Health in Light of Disruptive Innovation of Healthcare Reform

Posted by Philadelphia Social Innovations Journal on August 11, 2014

PSIJ sets rescheduled behavioral health event

The Philadelphia Social Innovations Journal (PSIJ) and its partners have announced the rescheduled launch event for PSIJ’s 18th edition, Behavioral Health in Light of Disruptive Innovation of Healthcare Reform, released in April.

The implementation of the Affordable Care Act and the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act place mental health, for the first time, at the forefront of healthcare financing issues in parity with prevention and primary healthcare.

For many years there has been a separation of the mind from the body, both from a philosophical and practice perspective. This division has led to a dichotomy in care provided to individuals with behavioral health needs (whether recovery or treatment models), in addition to payment methods for services received. Yet, mental health constitutes a major chronic illness and a significant healthcare expenditure totaling more than $125 billion in federal dollars a year (not counting some level of private and commercial dollars). Many suggest that there are serious dysfunctions in the behavioral health system and that the new integration of primary care and behavioral health may present answers in assuring a more responsive and coherent system of care. We’re facing a moment of opportunity and we propose to explore the realities, challenges and opportunities.

This issue of the PSIJ takes a closer look at how the mental health system under broad healthcare reform will need to adjust to become integrated with primary care and the medical model.

The rescheduled launch event, featuring two panel discussions on the issue, will take place on Monday, September 15th from 1-4pm at Public Health Management Corporation, Centre Square East, 1500 Market Street in Philadelphia. To register, go here.

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