New standards focus
on integrated physical and behavioral healthcare
July 17, 2012, Tucson, Arizona -- CARF International
released standards for accreditation of health homes. The standards will remain
posted at www.carf.org/healthhome
(PDF) through the end of this year.
Service providers may begin applying the new standards in
their organization immediately. CARF International surveys leading to health
home accreditation may be conducted as soon as a provider is able to
demonstrate six months of conformance to the standards.
Health home is a healthcare delivery approach focused on the
whole person and provides integrated healthcare coordination that includes
primary care and behavioral healthcare.
"A health home is not a facility or dwelling,"
explained Nikki Migas, managing director of CARF International's Behavioral
Health accreditation area. "Rather, it is a central point to coordinate an
array of primary and acute physical health services (including prevention and
wellness promotion), behavioral healthcare, and long-term community-based
services and supports, especially for persons with chronic conditions."
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act provided
states with an option to provide health home services for Medicaid enrollees.
To be eligible for health home services, a Medicaid beneficiary must have at
least two chronic conditions, one chronic condition and be at risk for another,
or one serious and persistent mental health condition. A chronic condition
might be asthma, diabetes, heart disease, obesity, a mental condition, or a
substance abuse disorder.
CARF International's health home standards were drafted by a
series of focus groups and then submitted to CARF's International Advisory
Council for comment. CARF International's approach to an inclusive standards
development process culminated in a broad field review, which invited feedback
from persons served, the public, and professionals prior to the standards'
CARF International's leadership in framing standards is
backed by its 46-year history of accrediting health and human services.
The health home standards will be published in the 2013
Behavioral Health Standards Manual, available in electronic and print
formats at www.carf.org/catalog (in Canada,
www.carf.org/catalogue) in early 2013.
Service providers interested in being accredited for their
health home services may contact a CARF International Behavioral Health
resource specialist for guidance at www.carf.org/contact-us or toll free (888) 281-6531.
7/16/2012 12:05:00 AM