Expert Insight

expert picture As behavioral health services in primary care settings become more widely implemented across the country, the need for skilled providers in this area grows. In response to this demand, initiatives to cross-train behavioral health providers are under way. The goal of these training programs is to ensure these providers can successfully...

expert picture Achieving integrated care is complex because of different payment systems, staffing and other challenges. Roger Kathol, M.D., a leading expert on primary care and behavioral health integration, provides his perspective on these problems as well as solutions in an interview with the...

expert picture According to Dr. Parinda Khatri, Director of Integrated Care at Cherokee, Cherokee has an embedded behavioral health team in the primary care practice. The behavioral health team provides consultation, assessment, and intervention to address a number of issues ranging from traditional mental...

 


Hear Benjamin Miller, Psy.D., and Shandra Brown Levey, Ph.D., from the University of Colorado, Denver, speak about breaking down the separation of primary care and mental...

Hear NIAC member Dr. Kavita Patel discuss integration within the context of current health care policy in her webinar, “The State of Health Care Policy.” Dr. Patel touches upon the...

The integration of behavioral health and primary care was the topic of an interview with Benjamin Miller, PsyD, Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)...

In his May 2013 policy brief on the Collaborative Care Model, NIAC member Jürgen Unützer and colleagues reveal that rates of depression are 20% in the Medicaid population and 23% in the Medicaid-Medicare dually eligible population. In addition, Medicaid patients with major depression and a chronic condition (e.g., diabetes) have more than twice the overall health care costs than those without depression. These Medicaid enrollees with...

In their article titled “Fostering Sustainable, Integrated Medical and Behavioral Health Services in Medical Settings,” NIAC member, Roger Kathol, MD, CPE and Ron Manderscheid, PhD, propose an alternative approach to integrating behavioral health and primary care services. Unfortunately, “untreated behavioral health conditions in primary care settings are associated with treatment nonresponse, illness persistence, higher medical illness...

Sandra Bailly, M.S.W, of the Simmons School of Social Work, interviewed Alexander Blount, Ed. D., Director of the Center for Integrated Primary Care at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. This interview outlines what social work students should expect when learning about the practice of integrated primary care, as well as the training implications for those in that field. Dr. Blount says that social workers and primary care providers (PCPs) face many of the same challenges because the majority of behavioral health issues will only ever be treated in the primary care setting. In...