As states are working diligently to operationalize the unwinding of the Medicaid continuous coverage requirement, State Health and Value Strategies has been tracking the creative strategies states are implementing to minimize coverage losses. This expert perspective highlights all the hard work states are engaged in and spotlights innovative strategies other states may want to consider adopting. SHVS will continue to track and share state efforts to support coverage through the unwinding period. If your state is implementing a new effort to reach enrollees, or if you have questions about how you can implement an example included in this EP, please be in touch.
Integrating Physical and Behavioral Health: Strategies for Overcoming Legal Barriers to Health Information Exchange
Manatt, Phelps & Phillips—Robert Belfort, William Bernstein, and Susan Ingargiola
This brief explores the strategies states use to address barriers that impede data-sharing efforts among providers to integrate physical and behavioral health care. The first step for states interested in more and better data exchange is to understand legal barriers to sharing such data and to directly confront misperceptions about those barriers withproviders, health plans, and other stakeholders.
The webinar based on this issue brief explains the legal barriers to sharing behavioral and physical health care information, dispels misconceptions about those barriers, and recommends strategies to reduce real barriers where they exist. effective care coordination requires robust data exchange among physical and behavioral health providers, who are often reluctant to freely share data for fear of violating health information privacy laws. State officials with experience integrating physical and behavioral health care in their states also offer insight.