Effective collaboration within the practice team is essential in becoming a Patient-Centered Medical Home and improving overall health and efficiency. The Primary Care Team Guide ensures practices achieve improved care, productivity, and career satisfaction when shifting toward a team-based approach. The guide provides practice team members with advice, case studies, and necessary tools, such as modules and assessments to self-measure practices’ current status on team-based care. Topics cover the roles of care team members and essential functions of the team to meet patient needs.
The Academy’s products were referenced in the team guide as toolkits and resources:
- Framework for Measuring Integration of Behavioral Health and Primary Care: “This website presents a framework for understanding what behavioral health integration involves. Functional domains include care team expertise, clinical workflow, patient identification, patient and family engagement, treatment monitoring, data collection and use, and desired outcomes.”
- IBHC Atlas: “Find tools for measurement and tracking, compiled by the Atlas of Integrated Behavioral Health Care Quality Measures.”
- The Lexicon: This resource is used to describe examples of collaborative care role functions.
The guide is a program of the Primary Care Team: Learning from Effective Ambulatory Practices (LEAP) project, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
See an overview of the resources and tools: http://www.improvingprimarycare.org/work/behavioral-health-integration