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TAC assists public purchasers to successfully utilize managed care to design prudent purchasing and performance contracting systems.

TAC's specific expertise includes:

  • Analyzing and evaluating the impact of changes in state and federal regulations on business processes and policies.
  • Helping purchasers make informed, cost-effective decisions about the necessary infrastructure and competencies required of their provider networks to meet the demands of the changing behavioral healthcare landscape.
  • Assistance developing medical necessity criteria, clinical authorization policies and procedures, and service performance standards (e.g. program specifications).
  • Identifying current service needs and gaps, outcome measures, quality indicators, and appropriate payment methodologies. 
  • Reviewing utilization management (UM) practices to identify opportunities for quality improvement and cost effectiveness, and recommending strategies to implement and evaluate improved UM practices.
  • Recommending clinical pathways to less intensive levels of care that are consistent with high quality care in a recovery environment.
  • Creating strategies to improve crisis system functioning and reduce emergency room presentations and inpatient utilization.