Dr. Robert J. Master testifies on behavioral health
October 8, 2014 § 2 Comments
On October 7, Commonwealth Care Alliance CEO Dr. Robert J. Master, testified before the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Health Policy Commission. Commonwealth Care Alliance’s model, which integrates all financing and care for its members, is very much aligned with the Health Policy Commission’s goals to promote better health by using alternative payment mechanisms.
As part of a panel on behavioral health, Dr. Master described Commonwealth Care Alliance’s experience with the One Care program and called for greater integration of behavioral health with overall health. In addition, Dr. Master explained the need for building crisis stabilization units, respite facilities, and transitional housing to bring “community-based, less medicalized” and less expensive care to individuals with behavioral health issues. To this end, he announced that Commonwealth Care Alliance would be opening a respite unit at Carney Hospital next week and had plans to open additional facilities in the near future.
Dr. Master’s testimony was part of the Health Policy Commission’s Annual Health Care Cost Trends Hearing held at Suffolk University Law School in Boston, the hearing brought together provider organizations, health plans, employers, consumers, and healthcare experts to examine ways to contain costs while improving patient care.