Focus on Behavioral Health: Understanding Your Costs in an Evolving Payment Environment

Tuesdays at 3:00pm ET: June 16, June 30, July 14, and July 28, 2020

With reimbursement systems shifting from fee-for-service to value-based care, behavioral health providers need to adapt their business models in order to successfully navigate new payment environments. This requires being able to accurately calculate and track the cost of producing the outcomes that payers value in order to negotiate adequate reimbursement. 

To assist behavioral health finance and accounting staff in preparing for the transition to value-based payment and care, the Delta Center is hosting a series of webinar trainings, Focus on Behavioral Health: Understanding Your Costs in an Evolving Payment Environment. These webinars are facilitated by Capital Link, a national, non-profit organization that specializes in helping health centers improve operations and financial management

Register for the series below. Session recordings will be posted on this page once available. 

Session 1: Focus on Behavioral Health: Cost Allocation – Getting the Basics Right
Tuesday, June 16

The first webinar in the series will provide a detailed review of the methodology behavioral health providers should use for allocating costs in a fee-for-service accounting environment (direct, indirect, and overhead), and an introduction to how “costing” will differ for in a value-based system. 

Session 2: Focus on Behavioral Health: Preparing Internal Systems for Gathering Cost Data
Tuesday, June 30

In the transition toward value-based payment, behavioral health providers must be able to accurately track, manage, and report their costs in new ways. But many face challenges in doing so because their accounting and other systems are not set up to capture cost data in a meaningful and flexible way. During this session, we will provide insight into the ways your organization can set up its chart of accounts, practice management systems/electronic health records, and HR/payroll systems to facilitate an accurate understanding of cost.

Session 3: Focus on Behavioral Health: Cost Allocation Methodology for Value-Based Payment Systems
Tuesday, July 14 | 3:00-4:00 pm ET 
In this session, we’ll discuss how to identify and calculate costs in a value-based reimbursement environment. Beginning with a high-level overview of value-based reimbursement concepts, we will describe the methodologies for identifying costs related to care pathways and clinical outcomes, and provide examples that translate this effort into identifiable costs.

Session 4: Focus on Behavioral Health: Utilizing Cost Data to Drive Programmatic Change
Tuesday, July 28 | 3:00-4:00 pm ET 
During final webinar, we will review the key takeaways from the first three sessions and apply these concepts to several scenarios in which behavioral health providers are seeking to understand their costs in an evolving reimbursement environment. We will focus on how to model costs related to these scenarios and emphasize the use of this information for decision-making, negotiating with payers and guiding programmatic change.