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We can make health whole.

We can make health whole. makehealthwhole.org is Eugene S. Farley, Jr. Health Policy Center’s platform that highlights and progresses the journey of whole person health through a transformative series of issue briefs and other evidence, stories and advantages of integrating of mental, physical and social health needs. How could you use this resource in your work? Tell us about it and comment below.

Integrated primary care can increase access to addiction treatment for individuals with substance use disorders (SUDs).

Integrated primary care can increase access to addiction treatment for individuals with substance use disorders (SUDs). In many parts of the country, particularly in rural America, people must travel long distances to seek addiction treatment. Government leaders, clinicians, and medical educators have increasingly recognized that integration of addiction treatment into primary care settings is a practical and realistic access point to help those with SUDs. Read the article to learn more about models of action, incentives for primary care, and open door clinics: http://www.commonwealthfund.org/publications/newsletters/transforming-ca...

Fragmentation of care is a barrier to delivering adequate mental and behavioral health services.

Fragmentation of care is a barrier to delivering adequate mental and behavioral health services. This, along with absent or inadequate insurance coverage and lack of access to specialty care, according to the NEJM Catalyst Insights Council Survey on Care Redesign: Integrating Mental and Behavioral Health into Care Delivery. Learn about examples of successful whole-person health care delivery systems and more: https://catalyst.nejm.org/time-treat-mental-and-behavioral-health-equal-...

Stigma has become increasingly recognized as a major population health concern.

Stigma has become increasingly recognized as a major population health concern. How can we stop the stigma train? Stigma is social. According to Daniel Goldberg, (of the University of Colorado’s Center for Bioethics and Humanities) “there is ample evidence of the commonality with which health care providers, public health officials and policymakers channel and intensify stigma against the least well-off.” The foundations of stigma are firmly rooted in social structures. Even before a person seeks health services, they are already more likely to have experienced stigma in multiple social domains. Learn how religious beliefs, evolutionary perspectives, chronic pain disability, and the opioid epidemic are all tied to social and health stigma. Daniel Goldberg’s Introduction on Stigma & Health: http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1073110517750581?journalCode....

From 1999-2015, the opioid death rates in rural areas have quadrupled among 18-25-year olds and tripled for females.

From 1999-2015, the opioid death rates in rural areas have quadrupled among 18-25-year olds and tripled for females. Differences in socioeconomic factors contribute to drug overdoses and, among other unintentional injuries, are 50% higher in rural versus urban areas. Learn more about the opioid epidemic:https://blogs.cdc.gov/publichealthmatters/2017/11/opioids/. What specific practices can help prevent the rise of drug overdoses in rural America?

Adolescent Substance Use Screening Tools: Brief Screener for Alcohol, Tobacco and other Drugs (BSTAD) and Screening to Brief Intervention (S2BI).

Adolescent Substance Use Screening Tools: Brief Screener for Alcohol, Tobacco and other Drugs (BSTAD) and Screening to Brief Intervention (S2BI). Have you heard of them? Take the screener as a patient or clinician to see summary and implications of score and suggested clinician action. Additional tools for high risk patients, and FAQs about these tools also found here: https://www.drugabuse.gov/adolescent-substance-use-screening-tools

What is value-based payment and how will it address the opioid addiction crisis?

What is value-based payment and how will it address the opioid addiction crisis? Value-based payment models are emerging as a broader and more sustainable strategy to successfully implement a cascade treatment of care framework that is effective in addressing the opioid epidemic. Value-based payment models include provider accountability through incentives, quality measures, performance reports and quality improvement plans. Consequentially, this treatment model aims to provide better individual, community and population health outcomes and reduce health care costs.

Take a look at evidence of cost-effectiveness of value-based payment systems used in state Medicaid agencies and accountable care organizations (ACOs): https://www.healthaffairs.org/action/showDoPubSecure?doi=10.1377%2Fhblog...

Is your state Medicaid agency pursuing an 1115(a) demonstration?

Is your state Medicaid agency pursuing an 1115(a) demonstration? The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a new direction to address opioid use disorder (OUD) and substance use disorders (SUDs) crises. Despite the effectiveness of evidence-based treatment for OUD and SUDs, only about one in five people who currently need treatment actually receive it. The CMS announced a revised policy direction to more progressively support patients struggling with OUD and SUDs with an intention to create a more robust continuum of care. The new initiative demonstrates action to improve access to high quality treatment opportunities through specific goals and milestones to be addressed in state applications for section 1115(a) demonstrations. Check them out at: https://www.medicaid.gov/federal-policy-guidance/downloads/smd17003.pdf

A must read - Behavioral...

A must read - Behavioral Health Integration in Pediatric Primary Care: Considerations and opportunities for Policymakers, Planners, and Providers is a report that focuses exclusively on mental health and developmental disorders in children. It explores the prevalence of childhood behavioral health problems; describes the need for, barriers to, and models of behavioral health integration in pediatrics; and offers policy and implementation considerations for policymakers, planners, and providers. The estimation is that only 15-25% of children with psychiatric disorders receive specialty care. Read the full report here: https://www.milbank.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/MMF_BHI_REPORT_FINAL.pdf (PDF - 326.44 KB)

Have you seen the first...

Have you seen the first-ever Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health? The report presents what is known about substance misuse as well as suggestions for action among key stakeholders, including individuals and families, educators, health care professionals, health care systems, researchers, and more. https://addiction.surgeongeneral.gov

Join me in welcoming our...

Join me in welcoming our new members of the National Integration Academy Council (NIAC):

James Berry, DO
Mark Duncan, MD
Andrea Hayes, RN, MPH
Noah Nesin, MD

The NIAC members represent diverse areas of content expertise, experience, and approach to integrating behavioral health and primary care, and advise the Academy on strategic initiatives. Learn more about our experts here: https://integrationacademy.ahrq.gov/about-us/academy-team/niac-bios

Have you created your...

Have you created your vision for integration? What if any obstacles did you encounter?

Be sure to check out the...

Be sure to check out the Academy's new Integration Playbook! The interactive guide includes tools, resources, and real world examples for integrating behavioral health in primary and ambulatory care settings. The Playbook is available at https://integrationacademy.ahrq.gov/playbook.

Hello and welcome new...

Hello and welcome new Community members! Thank you for joining. We hope that you find this community helpful and a great platform to connect with others who are dedicated to integrated healthcare! Take some time to poke around, join a group or maybe start a discussion here in Community buzz.

Welcome to the Academy Community

States Promote Integrated...

States Promote Integrated Care for Individuals with Opioid Dependency - Check out this new and notable item on the Academy Portal 1.usa.gov/1WZPQeM

What challenges did your...

What challenges did your practice face in obtaining data for quality improvement, and how did you overcome them?

What data collection tools...

What data collection tools have been most useful to your practice?