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ACT NOW: Support Behavioral Health Integration and Collaborative Care
The Collaborative Care Model (CoCM) is an evidence-based delivery model supported by over 100 research studies and 51 organizations across the physician, employer, payer, mental health and patient spectrum that increases access to mental health and SUD services, patient outcomes and saves money.  The CoCM is also unique as a workforce multiplier because it leverages the team to focus on and treat a far larger population of patients than usual one-to-one care.

However, the cost of behavioral health integration – for example, expenses for EHR systems and hiring of new employees – remains an impediment and barrier for many primary care practices to implement and sustain the model. Enhanced payment rates incentivize practices to implement the CoCM and develop a patient population that will sustain the model.

APA supports bipartisan federal legislation to expand this model throughout the country. 

The COMPLETE Care Act (S.1378/H.R.5819) has been introduced by Senators Catherine Cortez-Masto (D-NV) and John Cornyn (R-TX) and Representatives Michelle Steel (R-CA), Dan Kildee (D-MI), Lizzie Fletcher (D-TX), Gus Bilirakis (R-FL) August Pfluger (R-TX), Susie Lee (D-NV) and Marc Molinaro (R-NY) in the Senate and House. The bill incentivizes primary care to adopt behavioral health integration by increasing the Medicare payment for integrated care codes for 3 years. The legislation also facilitates technical assistance to practices implementing the CoCM and establishes quality measurement reporting for behavioral health integration.

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