Netsmart Supports the New IBH Model to Drive Integrated Care Delivery
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Natalie Caruso

Netsmart Supports the New Innovation in Behavioral Health Model to Drive
State-Based Approaches to Integrated Care Delivery
OVERLAND PARK, Kan., Feb. 05, 2024 —  Netsmart, an industry-leading provider of healthcare technology and services for community-based providers, announces support for the launch of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Innovation in Behavioral Health (IBH) Model. The new IBH Model is designed to enhance access to services, quality of care and outcomes for individuals with mental health conditions and substance use disorders. The model will also promote health information technology (HIT) capacity building through infrastructure payments and other activities.

“Healthcare technology is critical to the success of the IBH Model care delivery framework, with its complexities of care coordination, care management, referral management and the need for real-time data to support effective diagnosis and treatment,” said Kevin Scalia, Executive Vice President of Netsmart. “This announcement signals a major step toward the integration of physical health and mental health for a significant number of Americans who have behavioral and physical health co-morbidities.”

The IBH model focuses on community-based practices for Medicaid and/or Medicare beneficiaries, with aligned payment models. CMS will initially award funding to up to eight states to implement the model through their state Medicaid agencies. Community-based behavioral health providers will be responsible for screenings, assessments, treatment within their scope, and facilitating closed-loop referrals to primary care providers and other community-based resources. The model's four pillars include care integration, interprofessional care teams for ongoing management, promoting health equity, and enhancing health information technology for improved data sharing and quality reporting. 

Read the full news release at the link here. 

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