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MyOutcomes Urges Government Leaders to Employ Consumer-Driven Outcomes Management in Reforming Behavioral Health System
Date:5/28/2009

White Paper Recommends Proven Solution for Improving Quality, Cutting Costs

SILVER SPRING, Md., May 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- MyOutcomes, LLC, a partnership focused on delivering consumer-driven outcomes management systems, today issued a white paper calling on the Obama Administration and the U.S. Congress to require consumer-driven outcomes management as a centerpiece in the reform of the behavioral health industry. "Consumer-Driven Outcomes Management: A New Paradigm for Quality Improvement in Behavioral Health" details how empowering consumers to take a more active role in assessing mental health care outcomes dramatically improves the quality and efficiency of services.

The authors of the white paper point to the "demonstrated potential to effect precisely the transformation of the behavioral health care system called for by its leading experts" in calling on federal policymakers and regulators to "explore legislative and regulatory avenues to promote the widespread adoption of consumer-driven outcomes management systems." According to the authors, published, peer-reviewed research has demonstrated that increased consumer involvement has had a direct impact on quality and efficiency, with the following results:

  • Length of stay in psychotherapy was reduced by 59 percent.
  • Cancellation rates declined by 40 percent and no-shows by 25 percent.
  • Outcomes improved while average number of sessions decreased 40 percent.
  • Success rates for patients at risk for negative outcomes increased in one study by 65 percent and by as much as 100 percent in others.
  • Percentage of clients who completed substance abuse treatment increased from 50 percent to 82 percent in one study and from 22 percent to 70 percent in another.

In the white paper, the authors explain that previous efforts by policym
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SOURCE Danya International; MyOutcomes, LLC
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