Outcomes measurement offer tremendous opportunity for behavioral health field

An article this week in Behavioral Healthcare makes a compelling argument for why the behavioral health care field should embrace outcomes measurement. Author Larry Cesare, Psy.D., outlines a uniform and behavioral outcomes measurement approach that is intended for a range of settings; simplifies the collection of data and allows for meaningful reporting and analysis and use of outcomes data; and addresses outcomes domains relevant to all stakeholders.

He writes:

If we view the need for outcomes and performance measurement as noxious requirements to be endured for the sake of fiscal viability, we may miss tremendous opportunities. These include opportunities to better meet the needs of those we serve, to advance our professional standing within the healthcare system, and to collaborate in the evolution of integrated delivery systems.”