M3 is a behavioral health research collaborative striving for better integration of behavioral health care and primary care. We strongly support adoption of alternative payment models, most of which rely on whole person view and use of measurement based care.
This can be accomplished through the use of an evidence-based assessment of mental disorders commonly seen in primary care (such as anxiety, bipolar disorder, PTSD, substance use disorder in addition to depression). These assessments support…
• Population-based care through tracking all individuals receiving mental health care
• Measurement-based care through the systematic use of mental health outcome measures supporting treatment and treatment adjustments
• Accountable care through the tracking of population attainment of mental health treatment targets and enabling ongoing quality improvement
It is M3 Information’s goal that by 2018, 50% of our business will be operating under public and private alternative payment models that include multi-dimensional behavioral health assessments. This will be done through our partnership with Laboratory Corporation of America (LabCorp), the world’s largest health care diagnostics company and its 800 person sales force. Measurement of this goal will be accomplished through identification the number of completed individual patient assessments from providers contracted under alternative payment models.
Integration of physical and mental health within payment bundles and alternative payment models results in better care, better health and lower costs.