Relationship of outcome data to quality improvement.
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (2010) emphasized outcome data on patient care and patient satisfaction as well as health system benchmarks. Significant research supports the benefits of integrating behavioral health services into primary care. Findings highlight lower costs, decreased emergency department visits, increased quality of care, and patient satisfaction (Nielsen, et al., 2012). Psychologists will need to be prepared to use their skills in outcome measurement to demonstrate the value added by behavioral health services through financial and quality enhancement, as this data is likely to be linked to reimbursement with ongoing healthcare reform (Rozensky, 2014).