SAMHSA and HRSA have compiled a report on the cost efficacy of integrated psychological healthcare. Although they admit there can be difficulty with calculating the cost savings of integrated care, such savings are strongly supported by the experiences of integrated health centers around the United States. And, nationally, the organizations write, "a cost analysis from the American Psychiatric Association suggests that integrated care has the opportunity to save commercial insurers, Medicare and Medicaid $26-$48 billion annually."

Integrated care settings observed cost savings in Maryland, Washington, California, and Missouri ranging from hundreds of dollars per patient per year to millions of dollars total per year. One integrated care strategy known as "screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment (SBIRT)" was associated with fewer visits to the emergency room.

The report also offers guides for determining the cost efficacy of integrated healthcare reform for already-established practices.

Read the full post to learn more about Integrated Care cost savings.