8:30 am

It can be difficult to identify where to start when beginning an undertaking as large as integrating behavioral health. Whether you’re just getting started with your integration program or looking to gain insights on how other organizations have implemented their programs, this workshop explores the key components you need to consider to design an effective, sustainable integrated behavioral health program.

  • Explore common models for integration
    • Learn how to pick the best model of integration to meet the needs of your practice
    • Explore the pros and cons of embedding versus co-locating
  • Identify key foundational planning steps for success, with a focus on engaged leadership
  • Assess your system’s readiness to support integrated care
    • Review the kind of physical space necessary to create better workflows and coordination
    • Examine your definitions of patient complexity, stratification, and measurement
  • Discuss provider engagement and education strategies
    • Examine ways to ensure provider buy-in for integrated care
    • Share what training is needed to promote team-based care and warm handoffs
  • Understand how to make the right hiring choices to streamline integration and coordination
Emily Brandenfels
Emily Brandenfels, MD
Health Management Associates

Jeffrey Ring
Jeffrey Ring, PhD
Health Management Associates

Deborah Weidner
Deborah Weidner, MD, MBA
Regional Medical Director for Behavioral Health, East Region; Vice President, Patient Safety and Quality, Behavioral Health Network; Medical Director, Primary Care Behavioral Health Integration
Hartford HealthCare

8:30 am

Practice transformation is truly a paradigm shift and culture change, not a project to complete. Use this deep dive workshop to evaluate how your organization’s current workload distribution is balanced and discuss the impact of staff burnout. Explore how a truly balanced workload can optimize your staff functionality, lessen the likelihood of burnout, and transform the quality of care that they can provide. Roll up your sleeves and dig into how you perceive team-based care to drive home culture change for transformed patient health.

  • Evaluate current roles and workload distribution within typical organization structures to pinpoint areas for improvement and rebalancing
    • Create a training-based curriculum to understand impact in an interdisciplinary environment
    • Complete assessments and checklists to evaluate skills and discover untapped capabilities in team-based care
  • Discuss the benefits of true team-based care and put skills into practice to leverage a successful team structure
    • Evaluate sample case studies of complex patients to explore how to best allocate a balanced staff distribution
    • Put new found rapid cycle improvement skills into practice and refine your practice improvement strategies with activities on culture, roles, and QI
Nicole Harmon
Nicole Harmon, MBA, PCMH CCE
Senior Director, Practice Advancement Strategies