March 23, 2019
Over the past decade, the integration of behavioral health and general medical services has been shown to improve patient outcomes, save money, and reduce stigma related to mental health. Significant research spanning three decades has identified one model – the Collaborative Care Model – in particular, as being effective and efficient in delivering integrated care.
A Collaborative Care team is led by a primary care provider (PCP) and includes care managers, psychiatrists, and frequently other mental health professionals all empowered to work at the top of their license. The team implements a measurement-guided care plan based on evidence-based practice guidelines, and focuses particular attention on patients not meeting their clinical goals.
The Collaborative Care Model has the most evidence among integration models to demonstrate its effective and efficient integration in terms of controlling costs, improving access, improving clinical outcomes, and increasing patient satisfaction in a variety of primary care settings – rural, urban, and among veterans. Multiple studies show that having a psychiatrist to provide caseload consultation to a care manager who coordinates with patients and a PCP is an essential element of the model and correlates with improved outcomes.
Comorbidity of Marijuana and Mental Health
Accumulating evidence from psychiatry implicates marijuana use, especially in adolescence, as a risk factor for poor educational achievement, cannabis and other substance use disorders, and psychotic disorders. Presented by Marc W. Manseau, M.D., M.P.H. of New York University School of Medicine.
State legislative and regulatory affairs often times dictate how physicians provide care to their patients, in their practices, in their respective specialties. Please join us Saturday, November 17, 2018, from 9am – 1pm, to learn about advocacy. Registration
Please join us in congratulating our “MindGames” team, Dr. Laura Romer (PGY-4), Dr. Svetlana Famina (PGY-3) and Dr. Melissa Sullivan (PGY-3), from the University of Louisville, on their recent success. They finished fourth in the nation on the MindGames competition – narrowly missing the opportunity to compete in New York at the Annual APA meeting finals. Please see additional information below from the American Psychiatric Association. Again, congratulations to these residents! For more information…MindGames