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A New Directions in Healthcare podcast by the Commonwealth Fund sought to address “why more practices are merging behavioral health and primary care.” The episode featured NIAC member Jürgen Unützer, MD, ... Read more about "Merging Behavioral Health and Primary Care: A Commonwealth Fund Podcast"
Post date: March 03, 2015
Critical to the success of integration is a workforce that is adequately trained to provide care for the physical and behavioral health needs of patients. Integrated care providers include primary care clinicians, physician’s assistants, nurses, psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, therapists, counselors, care coordinators, health promoters, peer coaches, and patient navigators. Unfortunately, the majority of this health care workforce has not traditionally been trained to work... Read more about "The Integrated Care Workforce"
Post date: March 03, 2015
The Triple Aim: improving population health, increasing patient satisfaction, and reducing per-capita health care spending; is widely considered to be the goal of health care delivery. However, in the Annals of Family Medicine article “From Triple to Quadruple Aim: Care of the Patient Requires Care of the Provider,” Thomas Bodenheimer, MD, and... Read more about "Quadruple Aim Proposed to Address Workforce Burnout"
Post date: March 03, 2015
The Academy’s Atlas of Integrated Behavioral Health Care (IBHC) Quality Measures is one of four searchable databases the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has developed to help researchers and evaluators efficiently identify and select the most appropriate instruments and measures in four key areas of primary care services: care coordination, clinical-community relationships, team-based care, and behavioral health integration. In a new release, AHRQ... Read more about "AHRQ New Resources for Primary Care Researchers and Evaluators "
Post date: March 03, 2015
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Post date: March 03, 2015
Recruiting physicians to work in a rural area is difficult, and recruiting the wrong candidates can lead to high turnover rates with physicians leaving after a 2-year stint in rural health care. Accepting any applicant for a rural position leads to discontent from providers who don’t really want to be there, and patients grow accustomed to providers who are dissatisfied.
Post date: March 03, 2015
In efforts “to improve the health and wellness of the entire defense community,” the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has launched the Operation Live Well (OLW) initiative. OLW focuses on six areas:
  • integrative wellness,
  • mental wellness,
  • nutrition,
  • physical activity,
  • sleep, and
  • tobacco-free living.
For each area, resources are offered to help individuals implement and maintain healthy lifestyles. These resources are a reminder... Read more about "The DoD Fosters an Integrated Approach to Wellness"
Post date: February 17, 2015
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMSHA’s) new report, "Behavioral Health Barometer(PDF - 3995 KB)," provides an overview of the nation’s behavioral health (BH) and mental health (MH) statuses, offering both national- and state-level perspectives. The report provides point and trend data that reflect the status and progress of various BH and MH... Read more about "SAMHSA's New Report on the Behavioral Health of America: Behavioral Health Barometer '"
Post date: February 17, 2015
The Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative (PCPCC) just released The Patient-Centered Medical Home's Impact on Cost & Quality: Annual Review of the Evidence 2013-2014, which summarizes new results from primary care patient-centered medical home (PCMH) initiatives since the publication of the previous Annual Review.
Post date: February 17, 2015
A recent article in the American Family Physician journal examines the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. Eating disorders are serious, life-threatening conditions that are often associated with additional physical and mental illnesses. Depressive symptoms, suicide, obsessive compulsive disorder, anxiety, and substance use disorders are common in people with eating disorders. In particular, anorexia nervosa is associated with overuse injuries and... Read more about "Integrated Care for Eating Disorder Evaluation, Diagnosis, and Treatment"
Post date: February 17, 2015

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