Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy, M.D., M.B.A., has issued the first-ever Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health called Facing Addiction in America. This report reviews what we know about substance misuse and how you can use that knowledge to address substance misuse and related consequences.
Post date: March 24, 2017
The Doctor Payment Rule has been proposed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to change the Physician Fee Schedule and improve the way Medicare pays for primary care. The changes focus on care management and behavioral health, and are designed to underscore the importance of services primary care providers and other providers offer to patients with multiple chronic conditions, mental and behavioral health issues, as well as cognitive impairment or mobility-related... Read more about "Medicare Proposes Improvements to Paying for Care Coordination, Primary Care, and Mental Health: Doctor Payment Rule"
Post date: July 22, 2016
According to the American Psychiatric Association (APA), integrated care “has been shown to improve patient outcomes, save money, and reduce stigma related to mental health.” Research over the past three decades has identified the Collaborative Care Model as being particularly effective in providing integrated care across different primary care settings. Recently, several publications and activities have highlighted the Collaborative Care Model and its successes. See these items and... Read more about "Increasing Evidence for Collaborative Care"
Post date: July 22, 2016
The Collaborative Family Healthcare Association (CFHA) will hold its 18th Annual Conference October 13-15, 2016 at the Westin Charlotte in Charlotte, NC. The AHRQ Academy’s new Playbook will be featured in “Experiences Using the AHRQ Academy Playbook" a web-based guide to integrate behavioral health in primary or other ambulatory care settings”. This presentation is currently scheduled on 10/15/2016 as session number H7.   Read more about "Academy Playbook at CFHA"
Post date: July 22, 2016
The Federal Government is implementing major initiatives to address the growing opioid abuse problem. Recent actions include:
Post date: June 07, 2016
Two recently released reports address barriers to behavioral health integration at a state level. They are: Integration of Behavioral and Physical Health Care: Licensing and Reimbursement Barriers and Opportunities in New Jersey and Barriers to Behavioral and Physical Health Integration in Massachusetts.
Post date: June 07, 2016
This Virtual Expedition is being offered by The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) “to support health organizations and health systems in accelerating their work in behavioral health integration.” This five-session training “teaches best practices, provides the opportunity to learn from experts in the field (as well as from peers), and presents actionable changes and tools needed to move beyond the... Read more about "Behavioral Health Integration: Beyond the Basics "
Post date: June 07, 2016
Stay current with the latest news! Access timely topical news that’s relevant to the integration of behavioral health and primary care.  You can access the Latest News stories through the portal topical pages or through the News Archives under Resources.Select the topical pages below and access recently posted Latest News items at the bottom of each page:Policy &... Read more about "Get your Latest News via the Academy"
Post date: March 15, 2016
Surgeon General Vivek Murthy has announced that he will release this year the first ever Surgeon General’s Report presenting the state of the science on substance use, addiction, and health. The report will examine the health effects of drug and alcohol misuse from the perspectives of prevention, treatment, recovery, neurobiology, and delivery of care.  He said:
Post date: March 14, 2016
A new resource on Clinical Measures has been developed by the Academy Team and is now available on the portal. A literature search was conducted to find peer-reviewed articles and reports that focus on the quality of integration between behavioral and physical health care settings. The literature search was limited to prevalent physical and mental health conditions that are commonly comorbid such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, depression, and anxiety. Clinical... Read more about "Clinical Outcome Measures Now Available on the Portal"
Post date: September 21, 2015