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Outcomes for Medicaid beneficiaries with schizophrenia under a prepaid mental health carve-out

Outcomes for Medicaid beneficiaries with schizophrenia under a prepaid mental health carve-out

Journal of Behavioral Health Services and Research 26(4): 442-450

This study examines the impact of a mental health carve-out program in Utah on mental health status of Medicaid beneficiaries with schizophrenia. Three community mental health centers contracted to provide mental health care for all Medicaid beneficiaries in their service areas under managed care arrangements, while beneficiaries in the remainder of the state remained under traditional Medicaid. A pre-post evaluation was utilized, with a contemporaneous control group of Utah Medicaid beneficiaries with schizophrenia under traditional Medicaid. From 1991 to 1994, the average beneficiary's mental health status improved, but the improvement was less under the carve-out program than under traditional fee-for-service Medicaid. The difference was the greatest for beneficiaries with the worst mental health status at baseline, with effects growing over time. Medicaid beneficiaries with schizophrenia experienced less improvement in mental health status under a carve-out arrangement for mental health care compared to what would have happened under traditional Medicaid.

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Accession: 046893180

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PMID: 10565104

DOI: 10.1007/bf02287304

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