Most of all, to be effective that program should coordinate and integrate managed care vendors (managed care organizations, managed behavioral healthcare organizations
, employee assistance programs, pharmaceutical benefit managers and others)--a strategy that, in the past, has been lacking on the risk management continuum.
Certification is open to any organization that performs the specified functions and is not eligible for NCQA's accreditation programs for managed care organizations and managed behavioral healthcare organizations
The process has been transparent, according to providers and state officials, who have authorized the OMH and OASAS to contract with managed behavioral healthcare organizations
Managed behavioral healthcare organizations
(MBHOs) are attempting to evolve into behavioral health and wellness organizations (BHWOs).
"This bill passed in large part because of them, so they deserve the recognition, too," says Greenberg, who is also president/CEO of the Association for Behavioral Health and Wellness, representing managed behavioral healthcare organizations
(MBHOs), as well as a member of Behavioral Healthcare's Editorial Board.