Over 20 years of research suggests integrating behavioral health and primary care services improves mental health outcomes. With the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, states are now opportunely positioned to implement integrated care, particularly to address the needs of the underserved. Wayne Katon, MD and...
“One of the most rewarding benefits for psychiatrists who practice collaborative care is the opportunity to work with patients who have a wide range of backgrounds and conditions.” Jürgen Unützer, MD, MA, MPH, National Integration Academy Council (NIAC) member, made this statement in a recent article in Psychiatric News. Dr. Amy Bauer, MD,...
An accountable care organization (ACO) is a multidisciplinary system built on collaborative care principles, performance measured against quality measures, and financial rewards based on cost savings.  As such the emergence of ACOs provides an excellent opportunity to incorporate behavioral health integration into primary care practices.  “Our friends in Primary Care and specialty medicine are…very aware of the need for behavioral health and are actively seeking...
Community Care of North Carolina (CCNC) “a systemic care management intervention program” depends on the patient-centered medical home (PCMH) model to serve Medicaid recipients and their providers. A recently published study looked at the cost impact of their system of care “for nonelderly Medicaid recipients with disabilities” from 2007-2011. “In 2011, aged, and disabled Medicaid recipients represented 26% of...
Take a look at the following funding opportunities: National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-DA-14-002.html National Institutes of Health (NIH) http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-12-024.html Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)...
With significant changes occurring in the health care system, psychiatry’s role is also evolving leading to an increased need for transforming education and training programs. In this article, Doctors Richard Summers and Jeffery Liberman describe five specific areas of focus for training the psychiatrists of the future so the field can keep up with the changing health care system and trends outlined by Dr. Joel Yager ...
Since 2007, when a federal judge ruled that doctors could provide better diagnosis and treatment for children on Medicaid with mental illnesses, primary care physicians in Massachusetts have screened more children for mental and developmental conditions than any other state. These screenings are not a diagnostic tool, but a way to flag children who may need more attention or a consultation from a mental health specialist. Dr. John Straus, director of the Massachusetts Child Psychiatry Access...
On November 8, 2013, the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS), Labor, and Treasury passed a final ruling increasing parity of benefits for the treatment of mental health and substance use disorder services. HHS Secretary, Kathleen Sebelius, said, “This final rule breaks down barriers that stand in the way of treatment and recovery services for millions of Americans,” said Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. “Building on these rules, the...
The Medicare Learning Network within the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has published a guide for providers on changes in health laws that enhance a physician’s ability to address alcohol and substance use issues with their patients. Included in this guide is Medicare coverage information, behavioral counseling and intervention resources, and billing services guidelines. Medicare insurance now covers annual alcohol misuse screenings and four in-person counseling sessions per...
A new partnership between the Association for American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and the American Psychological Association (APA) will provide free online access to psychological science resources for medical students, faculty, and health professionals. The collaboration marks the first ever psychological science collection in AAMC’s MedEdPORTAL, a repository of educational medical materials. Expected to be available on the MedEdPORTAL in 2014, the resource comprises three services:...

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