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Uninspiring mental-health integration study


Researchers found that an alternative payment model in Massachusetts meant to encourage overall healthcare coordination for mentally ill patients didn’t improve overall health-system coordination for these people, or improve care quality, but it’d didn’t hurt their access to care either.

Researchers looked at claims data in  2006-2011 to examine whether the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Alternative Quality Contract affected mental-health service use, mental-health care spending, total spending and quality of care.

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