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Vorys Health Care Advisors and Truven Health Analytics Co-Author SAMHSA’s “Medicaid Handbook: Interface with Behavioral Health Services”

Posted in Behavioral Health, Medicaid

Maureen Corcoran, president of Vorys Health Care Advisors (VHCA), and Daphne Saneholtz, senior advisor with VHCA, partnered with John Easterday, Ph.D. and Truven Health Analytics to author a Medicaid handbook for the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).  The handbook, titled “Medicaid Handbook:  Interface with Behavioral Health Services,” provides readers with an understanding of the Medicaid program and how it relates to services and programs for individuals with behavioral health needs.

“The handbook is a great resource for policy makers, consumers and behavioral health services providers trying to better understand the Medicaid program, which is the single largest funder of behavioral health services in the United States,” said Corcoran.  “While the Handbook is written with a behavioral health focus, it will also prove to be an invaluable resource to anyone interested in the fundamentals of Medicaid.”

In addition to basic information about Medicaid and behavioral health services, the handbook covers a variety of topics, including care coordination initiatives, structure and reimbursement methodologies, and the relationship between Medicaid and Medicare.

“With the Affordable Care Act set to enact the largest expansion of Medicaid in history, the shared understanding between State Medicaid and behavioral health authorities is fundamental to designing efficiently coordinated care,” said John Easterday, Ph.D., Senior Project Manager/Center for Financing Reform and Innovations at Truven Health Analytics and co-author of the handbook. “We believe this handbook will prove invaluable in helping a wide range of parties involved with behavioral healthcare coordination to better understand the new landscape in which they will be navigating.”

The handbook is available electronically on the SAMHSA website.

About Vorys Health Care Advisors:
Vorys Health Care Advisors (VHCA) provides health care consulting services designed to help providers, consumer organizations, associations and other stakeholders meet the challenges of a complex, rapidly changing state and federal health care environment.  VHCA has expertise in Medicaid policy, health care service delivery and payment systems in the context of states’ unique considerations, services for children, behavioral health care, developmental disabilities, aging and community-based services.  With a unique combination of Medicaid, public policy, financial and clinical experience, we are able to deliver smart, effective solutions in a number of areas: the Affordable Care Act, including Medicaid policy and reimbursement implications; managed care and other care coordination strategies, including integration models involving mental health and substance use disorder services; EPSDT (early and periodic screening, diagnosis, and treatment) requirements and issues associated with services and benefit design for children and youth with special needs; and evaluating organizational options, partnerships or other changes in service delivery.  VHCA is a wholly owned subsidiary of the law firm Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP.  For more information, visit voryshcadvisors.com.

About Truven Health Analytics:
Truven Health Analytics delivers unbiased information, analytic tools, benchmarks and services to the healthcare industry. Hospitals, government agencies, employers, health plans, clinicians, and pharmaceutical companies have relied on its solutions for over 30 years.  Truven Health Analytics combines deep clinical, financial and healthcare management expertise with innovative technology platforms and information assets to make healthcare better, collaborating with customers to uncover and realize opportunities for improving quality, efficiency, and outcomes.  Truven Health Analytics employs approximately 2,000 people worldwide and has its principal offices in Ann Arbor, MI; Chicago; and Denver.  For more information, visit http://www.truvenhealth.com/.