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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
A study, published in Pediatrics in March of 2014, revealed a significant level of unmet need for care coordination among parents of children with a mental health condition. Care coordination is a way of connecting children with special health care needs and their families to critical services and resources. This type of care has been linked to lower health care costs, better health outcomes, and it helps families to... Read more about "Unmet Need for Pediatric Care Coordination for Children with Mental Health Conditions"
Post date: July 10, 2015
Almost 5 million Americans, representing diverse background, experience, and culture, live with developmental disabilities. The Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000 (DD Act) assures that people with developmental disabilities and their families have access to necessary services, individualized support, and other forms of assistance that... Read more about "Cultural Competencies and Diversity Matter in the Disability Community"
Post date: July 10, 2015
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has recently released two white papers related to quality improvement in primary care (PC).    As part of the effort to create a quality health care system in the United States, a variety of organizations, including many payers and delivery systems, are encouraging PC care organizations to use quality improvement (QI) initiatives to improve their performance. QI requires practices to:
Post date: July 10, 2015
A fragmented payment and delivery system has resulted in an ineffective approach to mental health and substance abuse problems.
Post date: July 10, 2015
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Post date: July 10, 2015
The American Academy of Family Practice (AAFP), and the American College of Surgeons (ACP) have published recent position papers on Behavioral Health Integration (BHI) in Primary Care. These organizations and their recommendations will have a great impact on BHI and we encourage you to read them in full using the links provided below.
Post date: July 10, 2015

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