A report, Eliminating Health Disparities through Culturally and Linguistically Centered Integrated Health Care Care:Consensus Statements, Recommendations, and Key Strategies from the Field was released in May 2014. It is the result of an expert consensus meeting convened by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health convened to: formulate consensus statements, provide recommendations, and identify key strategies from practice for implementing...
The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) was a pioneer in the integration of behavioral health and primary care and is widely acknowledged as an exemplar. This article by Christopher Hunter, et al. reviews the development of integrated behavioral health care in the DoD primary care clinics. The authors explain the crucial role of psychologists in this process. In addition to successfully promoting integrated care as a core component of the DoD ...
This article by Susan H. McDaniel, PhD, and Frank V. deGruy III, MD, MSFM, serves as the introduction to the recent special issue of American Psychologist , the journal of the American Psychological Association (APA).  The authors point out that “The value of primary care turns on its comprehensiveness, which means that behavioral health care-...
Major depression affects women twice as often as men over the lifetime. Women’s highest rates of depression occur during reproductive and menopausal transitions. Additionally, more than one-third of obstetrics-gynecology (OB/GYN) patients use their OB/GYN physician as their primary care provider, particularly those with limited income and limited or no health insurance. However, OB/GYN physicians often have less training in depression than other primary care physicians. In addition,...
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) recently published a 10-year vision paper inviting health IT stakeholders to join ONC in developing a defined, shared roadmap to achieve health IT interoperability. The report states, “The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has a...
The Milbank Memorial Fund has recently released a new report, Aligning Payers and Practices to Transform Primary Care: A Report from the Multi-State Collaborative. This report describes the efforts of several states that have developed and implemented initiatives to transform their primary care delivery systems in order to improve the health of their populations and reduce costs. There is a great deal to learn about restructuring health care in the United States in the post-Affordable Care Act...
Several payment reform initiatives are shaping the world of behavioral health and primary care integration.  A recent blog post by the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) provided an overview of state strategies being developed and implemented for integrating behavioral health and primary care.  Notably, a number of Medicaid programs now allow...
Take a look at the following funding opportunities: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) AHRQ Health Services Research Demonstration and Dissemination Grants (R18) The Research Demonstration and Dissemination Grant (R18) is an award made by AHRQ to an institution/organization to support a discrete, specified health services research project. The project will be performed by the named investigator and...
Despite the changing health care environment’s increasing need for primary care physicians that can manage populations, deliver care in interdisciplinary teams and address quality outcomes, national data indicate that not enough students and residents are choosing careers in primary care. According to family medicine organizations and researchers, “factors that influence specialty choice [include] individual learner characteristics, training and practice environments, and payment systems. The...
A study recently published in General Hospital Psychiatry found that veterans who received behavioral health screening in primary care are typically provided with adequate follow-up care. However, the care provided in all settings can be improved, along with supplementary efforts to align screening and treatment. The study examined primary care screening for depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and...

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