Unhealthy Alcohol Use Tools & Resources

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A collection of tools and resources for managing unhealthy alcohol use in primary care, intended for use by providers, organizational leadership, other team members, and patients.

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Successful Examples of Integrated Models

This web page provides many successful examples and case studies of integrated behavioral healthcare models from different States across the country, as well as international examples.

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Website
Audience
Organizational Leadership
Medical Providers
Other Team Members
Behavioral Health Providers
Source
Primary Care Collaborative (PCC)
Year
Resource Type
Website

Technology and Strategies for Overcoming Challenges in Virtual Practice Facilitation

Presents strategies for using virtual methods for practice facilitation and addressing common challenges, including hybrid participation, collaboration platforms, and assisting with technology
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Curriculum
Audience
Practice Facilitators/Quality Improvement Coaches
Medical Providers
Behavioral Health Providers
Other Team Members
Organizational Leadership
Source
Accelerating Care Transformation (ACT Center)
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Resource Type
PDF

Telehealth for Substance Use Disorders: A Rapid Review for the 2021 U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and U.S. Department of Defense Guidelines for Management of Substance Use Disorders

Review of findings on efficacy of using telehealth for treatment of substance use disorders (SUDs) including alcohol use disorder, suggesting limited evidence to date about telehealth compared to in-person care for SUDs
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Journal Article
Audience
Behavioral Health Providers
Medical Providers
Other Team Members
Practice Facilitators/Quality Improvement Coaches
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Uhl S, et al.
Year
Resource Type
Article

Telehealth Has Played an Outsized Role Meeting Mental Health Needs During the COVID-19 Pandemic

This issue brief analyzes telehealth use during the COVID-19 pandemic and discusses how telehealth has improved access to mental health and substance use services.

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Report/Paper/Issue Brief
Audience
Behavioral Health Providers
Medical Providers
Policymakers
States
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Lo J., et al., Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF)
Year
Resource Type
Website

The Building Blocks of Behavioral Health Integration

This framework of care delivery expectations for integrating behavioral health (including unhealthy alcohol use and substance use) in primary care aligns expectations across payers, practices, and patients. The framework is intentionally flexible to account for variation in approach to integrating behavioral health.

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Report/Paper/Issue Brief
Audience
Behavioral Health Providers
Medical Providers
Other Team Members
Policymakers
Organizational Leadership
Practice Facilitators/Quality Improvement Coaches
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Gold SB, et al.
Year
Resource Type
PDF

The Critical Role of Health Information Technology in the Safe Integration of Behavioral Health and Primary Care to Improve Patient Care

Explores the use of technology to facilitate behavioral health and primary care integration with a focus on (1) screening for behavioral health issues, (2) clinician documentation, and (3) sharing data among clinicians, patients, and authorized parties. Details action-oriented recommendations and strategies for safe use of health IT for stakeholders and policymakers seeking to advance efforts to integrate behavioral health with primary care
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Journal Article
Audience
Organizational Leadership
Policymakers
Behavioral Health Providers
Medical Providers
Other Team Members
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Segal M, et al.
Year
Resource Type
PDF

The Healthcare Professional's Core Resources on Alcohol

Online resource that consists of 14 interconnected articles covering the basics of what every healthcare professional needs to know about alcohol. Articles address: foundational knowledge for understanding alcohol-related problems, clinical impacts of alcohol; and prevention and treatment strategies; free continuing medical education credits available
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Website
Audience
Behavioral Health Providers
Medical Providers
Other Team Members
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National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)
Year
Resource Type
Website

The Need for Electronic Health Records to Support Delivery of Behavioral Health Preventive Services

Describes the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) initiative to improve primary care management of unhealthy alcohol use (UAU), and highlights needed changes in electronic health record systems to improve screening and counseling for UAU as well as meet the National Academies' digital health recommendation for information technology that best serves patients and care teams
Format
Journal Article
Audience
Behavioral Health Providers
Medical Providers
Other Team Members
Organizational Leadership
Practice Facilitators/Quality Improvement Coaches
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Huffstetler AN, et al.
Year
Resource Type
PDF

The Telehealth Era is Just Beginning

Describes the process for adoption of telehealth for patient care inside Kaiser Permanente and Intermountain Healthcare, showing the benefits of telehealth in reducing expensive and unnecessary trips to hospitals, how it can make care safer and more efficient and address disparities in care, and discussing what is needed to help other health systems adopt this new technology
Format
Report/Paper/Issue Brief
Audience
Medical Providers
Other Team Members
Organizational Leadership
Policymakers
Source
Harvard Business Review; Pearl B, et al.
Year
Resource Type
Website