Payment proposals for mental health services for 2016/17

NHS England and Monitor have published a letter which seeks feedback on proposed changes to local payment rules for mental health services in 2016/17.

Under the proposed changes, commissioners and providers of adult and older people’s mental healthcare would be required to adopt either:

  • a payment approach based on year of care or episode of treatment, or
  • a payment approach based on capitation.

With both payment approaches it would be important to maintain focus on delivery of clinically appropriate care and the outcomes patients need. It is proposed therefore that a proportion of payment is linked to achievement of agreed quality and outcomes standards.

Under the proposed local payment rules it would still be possible for commissioners and providers to agree an alternative payment approach, as long as that approach is consistent with the current arrangements for agreeing a price without using a national currency.

The NHS England Publication Gateway Reference:  04148