Integrating Behavioral Health in the Medical Home

Wednesday, January 16, 2013 (2pm - 3:30pm US/Eastern)

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About the Webinar

Todayís healthcare system is complex and fragmented. Thus, one of the greatest challenges for patients with chronic medical conditions and concurrent mental health needs, often those with the highest health service use and needs, is to receive coordinated care and assistance that will stabilize medical and mental health symptoms while also addressing social and health system factors that contribute to poor outcomes.

Improving the screening and treatment of mental health and substance abuse problems in primary care settings and improving the medical care of individuals with serious mental health problems and substance abuse in the behavioral health settings are two growing areas of practice and study. Generally, this combination of care is called integration or collaboration. Integrating mental health services into a primary care setting offers a promising, viable, and efficient way of ensuring that people have access to needed holistic health services that meet their medical and behavioral health needs.

Additionally, when care is integrated it can help to minimize stigma and discrimination, while increasing opportunities to improve overall health outcomes. Successful integration requires the support of a strengthened primary care delivery system as well as a long-term commitment from policymakers at the federal, state, and private levels.

According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the primary care medical home model is a promising setting for integrated healthcare. Medical homes are accountable for meeting the large majority of each patientís physical and mental health care needs, including prevention and wellness, acute care and chronic care. Providing comprehensive care requires a team of care providers. This team might include physicians, advanced practice nurses, physician assistants, nurses, pharmacists, behavioral health providers, nutritionists, social workers, educators and care coordinators. Although some medical home practices may bring together large and diverse teams of care providers to meet the needs of their patients, many others, including smaller practices, will build virtual teams linking themselves and their patients to providers and services in their communities.

Case managers are key members of the healthcare team in a medical home whose mission is to ensure patients receive holistic care. This is because they can take the time to listen and gain insights into roadblocks derailing the plan of care such as behavioral health issues that may complicate chronic medication conditions.

Join us on January 16, 2013, from 2:00-3:30pm for a live event where you will find techniques and gain resources that will assist you in ensuring your practice has an integrated medical and behavioral healthcare model to improve overall quality and contain escalating healthcare costs for your practice.

Program Objectives

Explain integrated healthcare and its role in the patient-centered medical home.
Describe the challenges and opportunities integrating medical and behavioral health can bring to ensuring patients receive holistic care to meet their individual needs.
Share examples of how primary care practices and managed care organizations and behavioral health professionals are working together to ensure integrated care.

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Who Should Attend:
Behavioral Health Counselors
Case/Care Managers
Discharge Planners
Clinical Nurses
Disability management specialist
Nurse Practitioners
Managed Care Directors

Medical Assistance
Patient Advocates
Physician Assistants
Practice Management Professionals
Patient Centered Medical Home Consultant

Meeting Attire:
Business Casual

Continuing Education Information:
Nurses: This program is approved for 1.5 contact hours for nurses by Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES). As an approved provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing (Provider Number CEP 15567), CES Programs are accepted by every State Board of Nursing with the exception of Delaware.

Certified Case Managers: This program is approved for 1.5 contact hours for case managers through the Commission for Case Manager Certification.

Disability Management Specialists: This program is approved for 1.5 contact hours through the Certification of Disability Management Specialists Commission.

For more information please contact:
URAC Education
Phone: (202) 216-9010
Fax: (202) 216-9006
E-mail: education@urac.org

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