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CMS Announces New Payment Model Targeting Behavioral Health

What’s happening: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced a new Innovation in Behavioral Health (IBH) Model on Jan. 18.  

What else to know: The Notice of Funding Opportunity will open in spring 2024, and up to eight states will be selected to participate. 

The voluntary, state-based model will focus on improving quality of care and behavioral and physical health outcomes for Medicaid and Medicare beneficiaries with moderate to severe mental health conditions and substance use disorders (SUD). Participants under the IBH model will screen and assess patients for select health conditions, as well as mental health conditions and/or SUD, in community-based behavioral health practices.  

The community-based behavioral health practices will create interprofessional care teams to address a patient’s care, including behavioral and physical health, and health-related social needs such as housing, food, and transportation. 

Additional information is available on the model web page.