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[Behavioral Health integration is] the care that results from a practice team of primary care and behavioral health clinicians, working together with patients and families, using a systematic and cost-effective approach to provide patient-centered care for a defined population. This care may address mental health and substance abuse conditions, health behaviors (including their contribution to chronic medical illnesses), life stressors and crises, stress-related physical symptoms, and... Read more about "What is Behavioral Health Integration?"
Post date: July 17, 2015
Behavioral health integration (BHI) served as the topic for the most recent evidence review conducted by The Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER). ICER is a non-profit, health care research organization based in Boston that focuses on assessing the comparative clinical effectiveness and value of different health care interventions. According to the ICER ... Read more about "Behavioral Health Integration: An ICER Evidence Review Topic"
Post date: July 10, 2015
In the first installment of the integrated care column(PDF - 556 KB) in Psychiatric Services, Margaret A. Swarbrick, PhD, discusses the importance of wellness-oriented peer approaches. In peer-based approaches, individuals who have mental illness diagnoses and are current or former users of the mental health system offer aid and support to patients. Peer providers use their lived experiences with mental illness, plus... Read more about "Wellness-Oriented Peer Approaches"
Post date: July 10, 2015
Two recently published studies highlight the benefits of integrating behavioral health in primary care for children and youth.
Post date: July 10, 2015
Evidence-Based Practice Guidelines for Cultural Competence in Behavioral Health Delivery
Post date: July 10, 2015
Two recent Health Affairs blog posts cite strategies to re-engineer Graduate Medical Education (GME) to better serve integrated primary care.
Post date: July 10, 2015
Parents respond positively when primary care providers (PCPs) address behavioral health (BH) concerns, a recent study shows. The article, “Do Parents Expect Pediatricians to Pay Attention to Behavioral Health?” is published in Clinical Pediatrics.
Post date: July 10, 2015
Taking 10 minutes to answer questions on an iPad before an annual visit may help adolescents and their pediatricians address sensitive mental health issues. A recent study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health looks at the use of a computerized screening program, DartScreen, and how it impacts what takes place during adolescents’ annual visit. Pediatricians are often pressed for time during the annual check-up... Read more about "Pre-Visit iPad Screener Shifts Teen Annual Health Visit Focus to Psychosocial Concerns"
Post date: July 10, 2015
Oregon’s Alternative Payment Methodology (APM) model may be a promising approach to financing and sustaining behavioral health (BH) integration efforts, suggests Deborah Cohen, PhD, in an April, 2015 blog post in Health Affairs Blog entitled “Addressing Behavioral Health Integration with Payment Reform.” Dr.
Post date: July 10, 2015
Until 2010, Federal agencies defined health disparities very generally as “differences in health among different population groups.” The term was originally coined not merely to describe “all possible health differences among all possible groups of people” but rather to refer specifically to the poorer health outcomes experienced by socially disadvantaged people. Thus, in 2010, Healthy People 2020 clarified the meaning of health disparity by defining it as
Post date: July 10, 2015

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