How do we successfully integrate Primary and Behavioral Healthcare?
Training teams in new ways of working together is a necessity.
This requires us all to step out of traditional roles.
Integrating Behavioral and Primary Healthcare is an approach supported by most of the healthcare community, including providers, payers and patients. It has a positive impact on:
The health of your community
Effective integrated care is the combination of having the correct components aligned with the correct implementation intelligence.
How do we help elevate your level of integration?
Bi-Directional Integration of
Primary and Behavioral Care
NSI Strategies supports your organization at the administrative and clinical levels in the change process to build an internal sense of adaption and integration confidence based on your existing organizational strengths. This experience will become an internalized part of your health center culture. Your teams will have a framework to adapt and integrate change as an integrated care team.
An important UDS Measure is Depression Screening. Health centers are slowly improving this UDS measure. When the PHQ9 is implemented into clinical pathways and the EHR, it increases the universal screening rate and follow up care for all patients who visit your health center. This is a building block to stronger integration. We offer several supports in this area to help you impact this important measure.
Population Health Management
We improve your data utilization to better target health center resources and energy. This enables health centers to proactively reach a specific group of patients within the community and to improve outcomes. It helps prioritize resources such as patient navigators, behavioral health, and health home teams to get services to the people who need it most, while simultaneously providing additional support to your primary care providers.
Evidence Based Care
To support the integration model, providers need training on the best tools and interventions. Utilizing evidence based approaches such as motivational interviewing (MI), behavioral activation, trauma informed care (TIC) and recovery-oriented systems of care (ROSC) require additional training for the evolving integrated care workforce to effectively practice short term, brief interventions, warm-handoffs, and shared care planning.