Planning for the future of behavioral health services.Health Care Strateg Manage. 1993 Oct; 11(10):16-9.HC
Psychiatric and chemical dependency services are increasingly being delivered through managed care with greater emphasis on ambulatory and outpatient treatments. Inpatient facilities can preserve their involvement in behavioral health services by actively developing a managed care product line. This article describes the nature of change in behavioral services, what competitive behavioral health providers will look like in the future, and the actions hospital administrators should be taking now.