Mental health and substance use disorder diagnoses, also known as behavioral health (BH), act as multipliers for poor health outcomes and increased expenses. According to CMS, integrating behavioral health care with primary care can be an effective strategy for improving outcomes for the millions of Americans with a mental or behavioral health condition.
As BH diagnoses continue to grow and stigma recedes, the need for integrated BH care is both clearer and more important than ever.
Providers, health plans, hospitals, health systems, and others can benefit from adding the Integrated Behavioral Health (IBH) Designation to their current accreditation. The designation serves as an enhancement to:
- Provider Integration and Coordination Programs
- Health Care Management Programs
- Health Network Accreditation
- Health Plan Accreditation
The designation can act as a differentiator among your competition and shows your commitment to excellence in BH care that is meaningful to purchasers, providers and patients.
Employers in particular are keen to see that their partners are addressing the growing BH needs in a cost-effective fashion. URAC’s IBH Designation provides that leg up when organizations aim to contract with employers. It enables an organization to demonstrate excellence in behavioral health initial assessment with treatment recommendations to the primary care team.
In less than six months, your organization can complete this designation.
Download Integrated Behavioral Health Standards-at-a-Glance