By Athena Mandros I often get asked two questions. The first is do states still have Medicaid behavioral health carve-outs? The second (and related question) is how are integrated plans working for consumers with behavioral health problems? We have answered the first question with our new analysis of state Medicaid behavioral health financing arrangements in our new report: State Medicaid Behavioral Health Carve-Outs: The OPEN MINDS 2019 Annual Update. The short answer: Nine states have Medicaid behavioral health carve-outs to care management organizations (CMOs). Four of those are to private CMOs and five to public entities. This is a change from 15 primary…
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