Portage Path Behavioral Health (PPBH) and Akron General Medical Center (AGMC) have entered in to a strategic relationship intended to share knowledge and experience, collaborate on behavioral health projects, and effectively serve the increased number of Medicaid recipients expected through the Affordable Care Act. The agreement will initially involve implementation of shared psychiatric leadership, the joint recruitment and employment of psychiatrists and other behavioral professionals, the development of a coordinated model of care for Medicaid and Medicare recipients, and an enhancement of the training experience for resident physicians.
In addition to shared psychiatric leadership, the agreement established the groundwork for the companies to work collaboratively on a process to effectively serve those covered by Medicaid and Medicare through an Integrated Care Delivery System. This system should help both companies be positioned to work with the State’s new Department of Medicaid scheduled to open in 2014. As the management of care for these individuals is transferred to HMO’s through the new department, PPBH and AGMC intend to develop best-practice treatment that is comprehensive, outcomes-driven, and cost-effective.
CLICK HERE to read the article about it in the Akron Beacon Journal.