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Webinar Provides Guide to Integrate Behavioral Health into Primary Care Setting

Sustainable Evidence-based Integration: A Step-by-Step Guide to Integrating Behavioral Health into the Primary Care Setting

Date: Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015
Time: 1 to 2 p.m. EDT

There is a clear and growing body of evidence that supports the integration of behavioral health into the primary care setting. Numerous trials show that integration delivers upon the triple aim, generating a measurable return on investment over time, improving outcomes for patients, and resulting in a high quality experience for patients. Furthermore, health plans, state and national demonstrations, and accrediting bodies are moving in this direction. One example would be the 2014 NCQA Standards for Patient Centered Medical Homes, which require primary care practices to demonstrate some degree of integration in order to be certified.

During this webinar, HMA experts Lori Raney, MD, and Nancy Jaeckels Kamp will provide a step-by-step guide to integration, including key structural and organizational investments, process improvements, and the type of training required to make integration work.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify four key structural changes required for successful integration, including implementation of screening tools, a registry or tracking system, step-care protocols, and a team approach to care coordination.
  • Understand the role that integrated care managers and consulting psychiatrists play in extending and maximizing psychiatric resources.
  • Assess various trials and case studies that demonstrate a return on investment for integrating behavioral health into primary care.
  • Avoid pitfalls by clearly defining the roles of care managers in the primary care setting and training the primary care team to identify and understand behavioral health issues.

HMA Speakers
Lori Raney, MD, Principal, Denver
Nancy Jaeckels Kamp, Principal, Chicago

Who Should Attend
Primary care and behavioral health clinicians, executives of primary care practices, hospitals, health systems, and health centers.