Realigning Economic Incentives for Depression Care at UCSF

  • Mitchell D. Feldman
  • Michael K. Ong
  • Deborah L. Lee
  • Eliseo J. Perez-Stable
Article

DOI: 10.1007/s10488-005-4233-3

Cite this article as:
Feldman, M.D., Ong, M.K., Lee, D.L. et al. Adm Policy Ment Health (2006) 33: 34. doi:10.1007/s10488-005-4233-3

Abstract

Behavioral health carve-out arrangements create financial disincentives for primary care providers (PCPs) to treat depression. A novel collaboration between a primary care practice, a health insurer, and a managed behavioral health organization (MBHO) allows PCPs to receive reimbursement and schedule longer appointments to care for depressed patients. This article describes the details of the arrangement, and early results of this collaboration. Early results find that financial incentives are critical for implementation, but that time incentives do not appear to motivate PCPs. Sustainability of this model will require participation of multiple primary care practices, health insurers, and MBHOs.

Keywords

depression economic incentives managed care primary care reimbursement 

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media, Inc. 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  • Mitchell D. Feldman
    • 1
  • Michael K. Ong
    • 2
  • Deborah L. Lee
    • 1
  • Eliseo J. Perez-Stable
    • 1
  1. 1.Division of General Internal Medicine, Professor of MedicineUniversity of CaliforniaSan FranciscoUSA
  2. 2.VA Palo Alto Health Care SystemStanford UniversityStanfordUSA

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