Advancing the Development and Implementation of Behavioral Health Quality Measures (In Focus Brief)

In Focus Brief
Publisher: Washington, DC: Mathematica Policy Research
Jan 14, 2015
Jonathan Brown, Sarah Hudson Scholle, and Melissa Azur

Strong quality measures give policymakers, program administrators, and the broader public actionable information that can be used to improve the delivery and outcomes of health services. Mathematica is leading the efforts to develop and test behavioral health quality measures that focus on a range of populations and health care settings and rely on a variety of data sources. This includes measures that provide information on the quality of care provided by health plans, inpatient psychiatric facilities, and community-based providers. Many of the measures we developed have been endorsed by the National Quality Forum and are used in major national and state quality-reporting programs. This work is building the foundation for a more comprehensive approach to measuring and improving the quality and outcomes of services for individuals with mental health and substance use disorders.  


Developing and Testing Quality Measures to Improve the Quality of Behavioral Health Services


U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation
Office of Disability, Aging, and Long-Term Care Policy
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

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Senior Staff

Jonathan Brown
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