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HMA Behavioral Health Expertise on Display at Conferences

Our diverse, interdisciplinary behavioral health team has extensive clinical, policy, operations and funding expertise in mental health and substance use disorder prevention and treatment. Recently members of our behavioral health team shared their expertise at two notable conferences.

HMA Principal Meggan Schilkie was a featured speaker at The USA National Clubhouse Conference, Sept. 18-20 in Washington, DC. Meggan joined Maine Gov. Paul LePage and Melissa Harris of CMS in talking about the importance of and strategies for advocating with government ­- especially around the long-term sustainability of clubhouse programs in an increasingly Medicaid-funded environment. Clubhouses are an evidence-based practice for providing psychosocial rehabilitation and vocational supports to people with serious mental illness. Over 320 local Clubhouses around the world offer people living with mental illness opportunities for friendship, employment, housing, education and access to medical and psychiatric services.

The conference was presented by Clubhouse International. Other conference speakers included Ron Honberg, J.D., senior policy advisor, Advocacy & Public Policy, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI); Andrew Sperling, J.D., director of the Federal Legislative Advocacy Program, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI); and Rebecca Farley, senior director, Policy & Advocacy, the National Council for Behavioral Health.

Some 200 people attended a conference HMA colleagues from our Boston office and our behavioral health team helped organize for the Association for Behavioral Healthcare and in partnership with the Massachusetts Association for Mental Health. Ellen Breslin and Tom Dehner from HMA’s Boston office worked with behavioral health experts Meggan Schilkie and Barbara Leadholm to organize content for the Sept. 27 conference, “Hitting the Ground Running: What Behavioral Health Providers Need to Know About Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) and Value-Based Purchasing. The conference was designed to de-mystify the complexity of MassHealth payment and care delivery reform and to help behavioral health providers plan for the transition to value-based purchasing.

HMA has extensive experience helping organizations shift from volume-based to value-based payment. Our new web-based, self-assessment will help you evaluate your readiness across multiple domains and identify critical care delivery, financial, and operational elements that will help you become ready to succeed under existing and emerging value-based payment models.

Learn more about our Value-Based Payment Readiness Assessment Tool.

Read the article HMA Principals Meggan Schilkie and Josh Rubin wrote, “The Promise and Peril of Value Based Behavioral Health Care,” as featured in the summer issue of the Behavioral Health News.

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