Centerstone Health Partners and Unity Physician Partners have come together to begin offering integrated behavioral health and primary care to medically underserved patients within several clinics in late 2013 according to a recent press release. Unity Physician Partners provides integrated health care services with physical health, managed care, and practice management through a holistic approach for its patients. The not-for profit Centerstone Health Partners, a subsidiary of Centerstone, provides behavioral health and addiction services to more than 75,000 Americans every year with its affiliates such as the Centerstone Research Institute (CRI), Advantage Behavioral Health, the Centerstone Foundation, and Not Alone.
David C. Guth, Jr., CEO of Centerstone, states:
"We know the vital connection between physical and mental health, but for decades primary care and mental health providers have not effectively collaborated. Our goal with this joint venture is to eliminate this disconnect, creating a bridge that allows primary care and mental health providers to work together to improve the overall health of our patients."
The partnership will launch Unity primary care physician offices within six Centerstone locations— four in Tennessee and two in Indiana. Centerstone and Unity will then continue to open five to six integrated clinics biannually within existing Tennessee and Indiana offices while also collaborating with other providers to expand services into other states.
Michael Bailey, Chairman, CEO, and one of the founders of Unity Physician Partners, explains:
"Provider collaboration is essential to enhancing patient outcomes and reducing health care costs. Through this joint venture, Unity and Centerstone are creating an environment in which primary care and mental health providers have access to the expertise and services they need to meet the overall health needs of their patients. Our integrated clinics will help providers better address the mental health concerns that may be exacerbating patients' physical health problems and the physical health issues that may be compromising patients' mental health."
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