Behavioral Health (BH)Business
Under the Affordable Care Act, millions of previously uninsured people with behavioral health problems are eligible for mental and substance use disorder prevention, treatment, and recovery support services. To meet this demand for coverage, SAMHSA developed an initiative to ensure that behavioral health providers are prepared to accept more patients and participate in a new reimbursement structure.
How BHbusiness Works
SAMHSA’s BHbusiness: Mastering Essential Business Operations is a training and technical assistance project for behavioral health providers whose primary services involve mental health or substance use treatment and recovery. Through BHbusiness, SAMHSA helps behavioral health providers increase their capacity in five critical areas:
- Strategic Business Planning
Highlights the opportunities of the Affordable Care Act for providers, helps identify their position in the market place, and walks them through the steps in creating an initial strategic business plan.
- Third-Party Billing and Compliance
Shows providers how to implement a third-party billing system, improve their existing systems, and identify core compliance measures and system designs that reduce risk.
- Third-Party Contract Negotiations
Introduces providers to the new reimbursement structure and shows how to create an analysis of their local health care market, determine their market value, and attract new payers using sales and marketing strategies.
- Eligibility and Enrollment
Helps providers increase client access to health insurance coverage through more efficient identification and processing.
- Meaningful Use of Healthcare Technology (HIT)
Explains the requirements and provider eligibility for the CMSH EHR Meaningful Use Incentive Program and its impact on an organization’s business processes before selecting and implementing an HIT program.
SAMHSA created the BHbusiness project through a partnership with the State Associations of Addiction Services, which works in collaboration with NIATx, the National Council for Behavioral Health (National Council), and Advocates for Human Potential (AHP).
Learn More About BHbusiness
For more information on what SAMHSA’s BHbusiness project can do to help your organization, visit the BHbusiness website.