As behavioral health services are weaved into medical practices, it will be essential to train a robust clinical faculty through established integrated care training programs. The current workforce is not fully comfortable or equipped to support the weight of the mental health and substance use disorder community, therefore empowering staff and implementing support systems is crucial. Prepare clinicians to engage patients in their physical and behavioral health care to erase stigma in primary care.
- Incorporate leadership and management development to target provider champions and build buy-in
- Prepare ancillary staff with training on behavioral health assessments and screenings to arm staff with proper language and communication tools
Director, Strategic Initiatives and Specialty Operations,
CareMore Health, Anthem Inc.
Vice President, Behavioral Health and Care Integration
Neighborhood Family Practice
Associate Professor, Munroe-Meyer Institute
University of Nebraska Medical Center
Primary care providers are the mainstay of our health care delivery system, and as part of their focus on whole health, they play an increasingly important role in identifying and treating mental disorders. Despite the importance of an integrated approach to care, providers still face significant challenges – a lack of quality technology, insufficient data exchange, and limited resources. Discover how digital mental health platforms are helping health systems scale behavioral health services and increase effectiveness across diverse patient populations.
- Learn how digital platforms can diagnose, treat, and drive better clinical outcomes
- Discover how technology-delivered therapy can adapt to the user’s needs to keep them engaged throughout the course of treatment
- Understand how organizations are using digital mental health to increase scale and reach
- Find out how to seamlessly integrate digital platforms into your EHR/Case system
Chief Science Officer
Between increased chronic conditions and costs of care, untreated behavioral health disorders, specifically substance use disorder, have a profound impact on the health care system. Early behavioral intervention through preemptive health screenings and tactical mediations can improve behavioral health remission rates, and decrease hospital admission and future co-morbidities. Starting the conversation about addressing behavioral needs can also increase patient compliance with medical care. Discover strategies to build inclusive screenings into daily operations and elevate the quality of care.
- Evaluate screenings that specifically identify risk for substance use disorders and behavioral health conditions, i.e., CAGE, AUDIT, DAST, PHQ-2, GAD-2, ORT, and more
- Discuss the benefits of motivational interviewing to improve evaluations and brief interventions
- Streamline the screening process through workflow improvements such as SBIRT to maximize productivity
- Move beyond screening to a true outcomes measure of remission
Co-Occurring Collaborative Serving Maine
Lead Physician, Behavioral Health team, BHSI and Behavioral Health Program, BSMG,
Bon Secours Health System
Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder
Health care providers must integrate evidence-based interventions to reduce the burden of chronic pain and related opioid issues. This session will cover practical strategies for incorporating behavioral principles in chronic pain management for integrated primary and behavioral health settings – an important upstream effort to not only combat the opioid epidemic, but do so through person-centered, holistic care.
- Hear about the current context for chronic pain management and behavioral health integration, and what more you can be doing
- Evaluate the role of evidence-based behavioral approaches for chronic pain
- Review strategies for incorporating behavioral approaches into clinical pathways
James A. Haley Veteran's Hospital
Senior Director, Clinical & Population Health
Primary Care Development Corporation
Mental health and substance use disorders require continuous care and coordination. Behavioral health screenings and assessments that are conducted in the community and filtered to primary care reduce the risk of crisis interventions and trips to the ED. Identify key community organizations to align services with to remove gaps in care.
- Improve care coordination with community health systems and criminal systems
- Examine interventions within school systems to impact pediatric behavioral health
- Assess how social determinants of health impact patient adherence to behavioral health interventions
Director, Integrated Care
Vice President, Behavioral Health,
Director, Sports Medicine Partnerships, School Based Health Services, and Integrated Behavioral Health,
As behavioral and physical health become more integrated in primary care, patient panels grow in complexity. Chronic disease management and psychiatric care require a more sophisticated approach when it comes to medication management in order to avoid polypharmacy and potentially harmful interactions. Embedded pharmacists provide advanced pharmaceutical knowledge to best manage medications and provide better outcomes for patients.
- Examine the benefits of integrating pharmacists in primary care settings
- Explore the role of pharmacists in a fully aligned primary care team
Medical Director, Primary Care
Memorial Health System
Patient Centered Medical Homes coordinate care for patients with significant medical needs and chronic conditions. This team-based approach also integrates behavioral services in primary care and improves patient engagement and disease management. Discuss the elements of team-based integration of behavioral services, including universal screenings and warm handoffs to embedded behavioral health clinicians for assessment and brief intervention.
- Examine the multidisciplinary, team approach to treating the whole person
- Integrate a behavioral health clinician into primary care to support and sustain patients’ recovery
- Promote patient self-management to reduce costly chronic conditions
Care Transformation Collaborative Rhode Island
The Northport VA Medical Center aimed to increase integration of extended team members within a patient aligned care team (PACT) that functions as a training rotation for Medical Residents from Stony Brook School of Medicine. The program development project’s goal was to build collaboration and communication among staff members. This case study reviews the steps taken to build integration within the care team. Hear the impact of this project on improving patient-centered care and learn how success was measured and sustained.
- Gain staff buy-in to collaborative care through education and relationship building
- Review the journey toward integration and the rapid experiments used to build a sustainable model
- Discuss how similar program development can be translated into different settings
Clinical Assistant Professor
Stony Brook School of Medicine
Northport VA Medical Center
Health Behavior Coordinator, Training Director, Clinical Psychology Post-doctoral Fellowship Program
Northport VA Medical Center