As we get closer to the era of the ACO (Accountable Care Organization), many of the services that CHOP provides; i.e. screenings, metrics, and basic healthcare, will become mandatory in mental health facilities.


  • On average mentally ill patients live 25 years less than their non mentally-ill counterparts. 2
  • People with psychiatric illness comprise 24% of the state inmate population and often lose access to their benefits upon incarceration. 3
  • According to a new Rutgers study, more than one third of hospitalization costs in 13 low- income New Jersey communities are associated with behavioral conditions, including psychiatric health disorders and substance use, accounting for $880 million in annual inpatient costs. 4

WHY Chop?

CHOP is addressing preventable diseases; diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure among the mentally ill who are often forgotten and whose physical health is often neglected.


CHOP was originally SHOP, the Senior Healthcare Outreach Program, established in 2002. SHOP was a return to the traditional house-call program for urban community seniors with limited access to outpatient care. Soon the SHOP team realized the healthcare disparity extended well beyond inner city seniors. Mentally ill and chemically addicted patients were lacking in basic fundamental care.

So, in 2014 SHOP reinvented itself, expanding to CHOP, to assist those in need in the community at large. CHOP is still committed to seniors, but has added screenings, healthcare and chronic disease management to all patient populations, including those with mental illness.

HOW Chop Can Save You Money???

Why do you need CHOP right now?  CHOP has positioned its primary care delivery model to integrate seamlessly and cost effectively with current trends in behavior health treatment as demonstrated in this article presented by OpenMinds, a prominent executive health management firm:

System wide Adoption Of Behavioral Health & Primary Care Integration Estimated To Save $26 Billion Annually

Integrating medical and behavioral health care for individuals with co-morbid chronic medical conditions and mental health or addiction disorders could generate annual savings of $26 billion, according to an analysis of 2012 costs by researchers with Milliman. The estimated savings represents roughly 1.5% of the total $1.7 trillion in total United States health spending in 2012.

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Compliance programs and coding are in the process of becoming mandatory in order to meet government requirements and crucial to facilitate efficient healthcare. As such, CHOP is committed to compliance and coding and suggests it might be beneficial for your organization to consult with a third-party compliance and coding specialist.*

“Growing behavioral health organizations requires delivering measurable outcomes and learning how to manage your revenue cycle in a highly regulated environment. Adhering to licensing regulations does not assure providers they are in compliance with the rules governing payment.”
— Perry Iasiello, MSW, LCSW
Perry Iasiello Consulting LLC, Healthcare Compliance and Coding

*CHOP cannot be responsible for compliance and coding.