New models of Behavioral Health Integration in primary care have strong evidence for improved mental health care access and outcomes. Effective treatment of behavioral health conditions enables practices to deliver better patient outcomes at lower cost, including facilitating more effective preventive care and management of chronic medical conditions. Primary care practices have opportunity to expand team-based care coordination services through new Medicare payment for BHI services.
This session will provide a brief overview of evidence for BHI and requirements for Medicare payment. Practical steps of implementation of General Behavioral Health Integration and Psychiatric Collaborative Care Management in an academic primary care practice will be described. The session will demonstrate how to develop business case for new team roles, with consideration of practice setting (e.g. FQHC or hospital outpatient setting) and available resources.
A structured framework is described that would be applicable for implementation of other new care delivery services. The presenter shares best practices, process map and workflows and validated measurement scales, potential pitfalls and outcomes.