What They’re Watching: Jacquie Owens, Amerigroup Washington, Inc.

Jacquie Owens is the Regional Vice President of Provider Solutions at Amerigroup Washington, Inc. She joins us in this edition of “What They’re Watching” to discuss creative value-based purchasing agreements.

 

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“We’re taking the approach of investing in our providers’ initiatives. So, we’re listening to what is important to the providers. And of course integrated care is the main focus for them with behavioral health, but so is investing in the infrastructure of some of the large hospital systems.

So, what we’ve done is worked with them to create a more creative value-based purchasing agreement, in some circumstances, that will either support mobile units or will support increased access for behavioral health. It will support the nutrition component to the whole person care. It contributes to them building out their facilities, it contributes to the infrastructure to support telemedicine activities, and access in public schools.

Typically, we’re leading the conversation on the value-based care. However, that’s shifting. We’ve noticed recently that there is more interest, especially from the behavioral health community, in establishing a value-based purchasing arrangement. And we’re looking at ways right now that make the most sense to really drive those quality components in the behavioral health arena.

When we think of value-based care, we’re looking at other ways that you can get the most out of the value that the behavioral health community can bring by installing, or connecting I should say, the primary health community or physical health community with the behavioral health providers. There’s a real need to have that physical health and behavioral health component. And so, where we can have a value-based arrangement that ties those two together and almost incentivizing co-location opportunities or joint initiatives, that’s really what we are trying to take advantage of or have conversations about. The co-location opportunities interestingly enough have been with the behavioral health providers. We’ve noticed that the behavioral health providers are actually opening their doors to allow a physical health provider to come into their practice.”