In the News


In order to support the AIMS Caseload Tracker, CMTS, and Patient Tracking Spreadsheet*, the AIMS Center is now offering virtual office hours on the third Thursday of every month at 10:45am - 11:45am Pacific Time

Please feel free to treat this session as an open Q&A for your registry.
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Dr. Anna Ratzliff of AIMS explains the benefits of telepsychiatry for rural populations within collaborative care.

September 18, 2018
Innovative New Program Plugs Some Holes In Mental Health Care System

Queen’s Clinically Integrated Physician Network launched a new, integrated style of health care. The first of its kind in Hawaii, Queen’s collaborative care model multiplies tenfold a psychiatrist’s capacity to consult with patients. With collaborative care, the patient gets expert psychiatric care without ever having to step inside the office of a psychiatrist. Primary care doctors get the support they need to confidently treat their patient’s mental illness.

Have questions about how to implement a collaborative care program? Come join AIMS Center staff during a monthly office hour to ask your most burning questions! Are you new to collaborative care and want to know where to start? Or have you being running a program for several years and have question on how to fund your program or continuously train new staff? Come to our implementation office hours!**


June 20, 2018

In addition to a new Technical Assistance & Feedback Form for general functionality questions and technical issues on the Patient Tracking Spreadsheet, the AIMS Center is now offering virtual office hours on the third Thursday of every month at 10:45am - 11:45am Pacific Time

November 14, 2017

In November 2017, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published rules that would allow Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) and Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) to bill for behavioral health integration services, chronic care managerment, and collaborative care model services beginning in January 2018.

This cheat sheet summarizes the two CMS G-Codes for FQHCs and RHCs.

May 24, 2017
Hospitals & Health Networks

The collaborative care model is being implemented to care for patients receiving inpatient and outpatient services, especially where there is a behavioral health provider shortage. Many within hospital settings are recognizing that integrating physical and behavioral health care can be very beneficial for the overall health of patients and reducing the stigmas commonly associated with behavioral health conditions. Jürgen Unützer, MD, MPH, MA speaks about how the collaborative care approach can be effective for patients and providers.

September 14, 2017
Psychiatric News

Mark Duncan, MD shares how using the collaborative care model to treat patients experiencing addiction can be a very promising treatment method especially while facing today’s opioid epidemic. Collaborative care can open doors for effective and targeted treatment within the primary care setting for patients with substance use disorders.

August 4, 2017
Psychiatric News

Seeta Patel, MD, and Sara Haack, MD, MPH, recent Washington State Integrated Care Training Program (ICTP) fellows, reflect on the implementation of collaborative care in primary care. They highlight their lessons learned and describe the components necessary for success.