By Laura Lovett | April 17, 2024

Behavioral and physical health integration has been a hot topic for the last few years.

Even the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have focused its efforts on the space, announcing a new cost control initiative called the States Advancing All-Payer Health Equity Approaches and Development Model (AHEAD Model), which focuses on enhancing care coordination.

In February, CMS announced The Innovation in Behavioral Health (IBH) Model, which is focused on connecting adults with mental health or substance use disorders to physical, behavioral and social care supports.

Many provider organizations are hammering out exactly how to integrate these services. Still, some, such as home health care provider Innovive, have been doing integration for years. Massachusetts-based Innovive Health provides home health to individuals with serious mental illness (SMI). The company’s goal is to keep high-acuity and high-risk patients at home and out of the hospital.

Behavioral Health Business sat down with Innovive CEO Joe McDonough to discuss the future of integration and the lessons learned along the way in the latest Perspectives podcast.

Highlights from the conversation are below, edited for length and clarity. Subscribe to BHB Perspectives to be notified when new episodes are released.

Read more and listen to the full podcast interview: ‘We Look at the Hospital as the Failure Point’: Innovive CEO on Bringing Behavioral, Physical Health Integration into the Home – Behavioral Health Business (