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November 7, 2016
APA Blog

On November 15, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published the final rules covering collaborative care services in their 2017 Medicare Fee Schedule. This blog, written by the American Psychiatric Association (APA), describes the impact of the finalized rule and what CMS' rule means to providers and organizations billing for collaborative care tasks.

August 26, 2016
Psychiatric News

Jürgen Unützer, MD, MPH, MA discusses the shift in mental health care from traditional fee-for-service to "value-based purchasing," which emphasizes improved patient outcomes and quality of care. 

May 25, 2016
Psychiatric News

In a recent Psychiatric News column, Heidi Combs, MD, MS, discusses the stigma surrounding mental illness and describes how stigma can be addressed in e

May 12, 2016
Milbank Memorial Fund

The Milbank Memorial Fund published a report in May 2016 about behavioral health integration (BHI). It is a follow-up to Milbank's first 2010 BHI report and it outlines evidence from 2010 to 2015 for the integration of behavioral health services into primary care. 

April 29, 2016
Psychiatric News

The leaders of Montefiore Medical Center's Care Management Organization and its Bronx Behavioral Health Integration Program in New York discuss how psychiatry plays a critical role in leading the way in health care reform.  

March 29, 2016
Psychiatric News

Andrew Pomerantz, MD, one of the pioneers of integrated care, describes the evolution of integrated care in the Veterans Health Administration (VA) and discusses how it can be applied to health care in general. 

March 3, 2016
Psychiatric News

In his column, Jürgen Unützer, MD, MPH, MA discusses a stepped care approach to integrating behavioral health care into primary care. He describes the multi-tiered approach, which provides increasing levels of behavioral health specialist involvement when a patient is not improving as expected. 

February 5, 2016
Psychiatric News

Historically viewed as a specialist-treated illness, bipolar disorder is increasingly being treated in primary care and psychiatric consultants on Collaborative Care teams are being asked to advise and assist on treatment. Joseph Cerimele, MD, MPH discusses the treatment of bipolar disorder in primary care settings.

October 29, 2015
Psychiatric News

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) received a four-year, $2.9 million grant to train psychiatrists in integrated care. In collaboration with the AIMS Center, the APA will train 3,500 psychiatrists in the skills needed to support the implementation of Collaborative Care in primary care practice settings.

December 23, 2015
American Journal of Medical Quality

A new article by Anna Ratzliff, MD, PhD used stakeholder input to develop practical approaches to integrating behavioral health care in to primary care settings. Two resources were created for achieving integrated care: 1) The Behavioral Health Integration Implementation Guide, which includes practical guidance on both the implementation process and sustanability, and 2) the GROW Pathway Planning Tool, which helps an organization develop a path toward integration.