If you have not done so already, now is a good time to use the Integration Self-Assessment Checklist to assess your current state of practice and pinpoint key next steps. Use the results of the checklist to inform the development of your game plan.
Your implementation planning group should develop a game plan guided by the following questions:
- How will you identify and prioritize the patient population for behavioral health services?
- Define triage processes for the identified sub-population (e.g., use of registry, claims, clinical algorithms).
- How will the integrated primary care team function?
- Determine the desired behavioral health functions and define the number of behavioral health providers required to achieve your vision. Consider which types of behavioral health professionals (psychiatrists, psychiatric nurses, case managers, psychologists, social workers, substance abuse counselors, etc.) and behavioral health services would be most useful for your setting. Define interventions and protocols for collaboration between behavioral health providers and medical clinicians based on the target population.
- How will you make this sustainable?
- It is important to plan how to finance integration in the fee-for-service payment model, while considering how integration could be financed in a population-based payment model.
How can you pay for integration now?
Understand the rules related to billing for behavioral health services in your setting, so you can estimate potential revenue generated by an integrated behavioral health provider.
Calculate the costs of the behavioral health provider and the additional costs for supporting the service. Use this information to estimate the financial feasibility of different types of behavioral health providers.
Read more about financial sustainability in Secure Financial Support for Behavioral Health Services.