Association between the Maryland Medicaid Behavioral Health home program and cancer screening in people with serious mental illness

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Abstract

Objective: This study evaluated the association of the Maryland Medicaid behavioral health home (BHH) integrated care program with cancer screening. Methods: Using administrative claims data from October 2012 to September 2016, the authors measured cancer screening among 12,176 adults in Maryland's psychiatric rehabilitation program who were eligible for cervical (N=6,811), breast (N=1,658), and colorectal (N=3,430) cancer screening. Marginal structural modeling was used to examine the association between receipt of annual cancer screening and whether participants had ever enrolled in a BHH (enrolled: N=3,298, 27%; not enrolled: N=8,878, 73%). Results: Relative to nonenrollment, BHH enrollment was associated with increased screening for cervical and breast cancer but not for colorectal cancer. Predicted annual rates remained low, even in BHHs. Conclusions: Despite estimates of improvements in cervical and breast cancer screening after BHH implementation, cancer screening rates remained suboptimal. Broader cancer screening interventions are needed to improve cancer screening for people with mental illness.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)608-611
Number of pages4
JournalPsychiatric Services
Volume71
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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