There is widespread agreement among medical and behavioral health professionals, health policy makers and the broad public, that integration of effective behavioral treatments into medical settings, i.e. primary care and specialty medical care, is a vital national health reform goal. Such integration of physical and behavioral care would offer unparalleled opportunities for early detection, early intervention, and reduced disability.
The focus now is on how to best integrate evidence-based health and substance use care into medical venues in a way that achieves health outcomes that matter to patients and reduce costs. There is a consensus that it is important to provide evidenced-based integrated care that can be feasibly introduced into a variety of medical practices. The federal government (Medicare) has recently begun reimbursing doctors for some elements of integrated care delivery. This is an important first step. If integrated med/psych care can be financially sustained in the long-term, more medical practices will be able to deliver more evidenced-based integrated care to more patients.
As a patient advocacy nonprofit consistently representing the interests and voice of the patient, NHMH - No Health without Mental Health has led the way advocating for behavioral health integration. Our mission continues to be to advance behavioral integration via: supportive health policy incentives; widespread implementation at the clinical level; development of multiple models of integrated care; and patient engagement in their vital role to advocate for behavioral care with their medical providers.
HEALTHCARE SYSTEMS EXPERIENCE WITH BEHAVIORAL INTEGRATION
8 WAYS TO TO KNOW IF YOUR PRIMARY CARE DOCTOR IS OFFERING YOU INTEGRATED CARE
1. During your primary care visit, does anyone ever ask you if you have emotional or mental health problems? (Screening)
2. Are specialists in mental health available (in-person, via phone or video-conferencing) in the primary care practice? (Team-based care) (read more....)
NHMH OPEN LETTER TO PRESIDENT TRUMP AND THE NEW ADMINISTRATION May 2, 2017 NHMH – No Health without Mental Health, a nonprofit patient advocacy organization, www.nhmh.org, would like to take the occasion of the beginning of the Trump Administration and the 115th Congress to urge you to focus executive and legislative health policy attention on the integration of medical and behavioral care services, … read more
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