August 1, 2008
Mental Health Services Should Be More Accessible in Primary Care Settings
A multi-agency report released on July 23, 2008, proposes strategies to overcome barriers associated with the reimbursement of mental health services provided in primary care settings, and recommends that non-physician practitioners under Medicare and Medicaid be reimbursed, particularly in underserved and urban areas.
The report was issued by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), three agencies within the Department of Health and Human Services. Continue reading