Bending the Cost Curve

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

In March, 2017, the Center for Healthcare Research and Innovation, the research arm of the Michigan Association of Community Mental Health Boards (MACMHB) released a new study underscoring the cost-effectiveness of Michigan’s behavioral health system.

The study, titled Bending the Healthcare Cost Curve: The success of Michigan’s public mental health system in achieving sustainable healthcare cost control, details the savings that have been achieved by the management of the Medicaid mental health benefit, by the state’s public mental healthcare system.  

The report found that, when compared against Medicaid rate increase in the rest of the country, Michigan’s public mental health system saved over $5 billion dollars since 1998, when this public system became the managed care organization for the state’s Medicaid mental health benefit

This study can be found at: