Two recent Health Affairs blog posts cite strategies to re-engineer Graduate Medical Education (GME) to better serve integrated primary care.Expansion of the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education (THCGME) program could help to address the current primary care physician shortage as well as the mental health workforce shortage, according to the authors of two Health Affairs Blog posts. The first post...
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. Cohen, an Associate Professor in the Department of...
Two recently published studies highlight the benefits of integrating behavioral health in primary care for children and youth. Integrating behavioral health (BH) into pediatric care might lead to short- and long-term improved health outcomes for children, argues a recent Viewpoint article published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Childhood disorders such as asthma, obesity, and diabetes are being...
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 “. . ....
In the first installment of the integrated care column 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 skills...
The Patient Centered Primary Care Collaborative (PCPCC) partnered with the National Center for Interprofessional Education to create a series of five podcasts, “Stories from the Nexus: Progress and Promise.” The podcasts are based on the PCPCC report “Progress and Promise: Profiles in Interprofessional Health Training to Develop Patient-Centered...
A fragmented payment and delivery system has resulted in an ineffective approach to mental health and substance abuse problems. According to National Integration Academy Council (NIAC) member Roger Kathol, MD, “80% of patients with behavioral health conditions first seek care in medical settings” and “60 to 70% of these patients get no treatment for their mental health disorders.” Payment and delivery...
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. Pediatricians may be uniquely positioned to deliver BH interventions because they see more children than BH...
A team of researchers led by Rodger Kessler has developed the Vermont Integration Profile (VIP), “a set of standardized measures of integrated care processes to use in both practice implementation and improvement efforts and in research.” As explained in the Research in Progress feature of the Health Psychologist Newsletter of the...
Recent Collaborative Family Healthcare Association (CFHA) blog posts have featured approaches to supervision of behavioral health professionals in primary care. Part I, featured in March by the Academy, was written by staff at...

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