Manatt Health Senior Advisor Zoe Barnard spoke with Laura Dyrda about the Becker Payer Issues Podcast to discuss trends in the healthcare industry, including behavioral health, virtual care, and how insurers are improving access to healthcare following the COVID-19 public health emergency.
In the podcast, Barnard discussed how the COVID-19 pandemic has brought behavioral health and telehealth services to the forefront of healthcare discussions across the country. She highlighted the need for broader behavioral health care reform, particularly as it relates to mental health, and how initiatives such as Crisis Now – a comprehensive and integrated crisis response network – can improve problems in this area. “Rather than be discouraged by the behavioral health crisis, I choose to view this as a watershed moment in our country…I believe we can build a stronger workforce by valuing our health workers behavioral in various ways,” Barnard commented. She also spoke about the state of telehealth, its growing popularity due to the public health epidemic, and how it can be used to address access to behavioral care services. “In terms of integrated behavioral health and screening, we’ve seen a significant increase in screening in hospital settings and primary care over the past decade, but I think there’s a lot of work to be done to get care mental health are synonymous with primary health care,” concluded Barnard.
Listen to the full podcast episode here.