MHA is a contracting partner with the three managed care companies—Sunflower, Optum, and Amerigroup—to provide health home services to persons with serious mental illness. Health home services follow a care management model in which all of the professionals involved in a member’s care communicate with one another so that the client’s medical, behavioral, and social service needs are addressed in a comprehensive manner. The goal of the services is to improve care and health outcomes, lower Medicaid costs and reduce preventable hospitalizations and emergency room visits. The coordination of a client’s care is done through a dedicated care manager who oversees and coordinates access to all of the services a member requires in order to facilitate better health. Health Home services started August 1.
This statewide initiative is a promising new way of managing health care that could profoundly affect the overall care and health of those enrolled. MHA is delighted to have been selected as a partner.