National Register credentialed psychologist Mary Ann McCabe, PhD, co-authored a discussion paper on healthcare reform and opportunities to promote children’s behavioral health for the National Academy of Medicine. In this paper, Drs. McCabe and Rawal explore three themes that need to be addressed through programmatic or funding support to advance children's cognitive and behavioral health.
- The ACA’s Coverage Expansion: The coverage expansion potentially increases access to behavioral health care for adults and children, but the impact has been hard to assess.
- Movement to Value-Based Payment: Health reform catalyzed the movement to value-based payment, which can be built on to advance children’s behavioral health, including in the context of prevention.
- Population Health: Payers and providers are deploying population health strategies to promote prevention in support of population health and to manage high-cost, high-need subpopulations, making behavioral health a logical focus for these efforts.