The medical home and integrated behavioral health: Advancing the policy agenda

Jeremy Ader, Christopher J. Stille, David Keller, Benjamin F. Miller, Michael S. Barr, James M. Perrin

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Abstract

There has been a considerable expansion of the patient-centered medical home model of primary care delivery, in an effort to reduce health care costs and to improve patient experience and population health. To attain these goals, it is essential to integrate behavioral health services into the patientcentered medical home, because behavioral health problems often first present in the primary care setting, and they significantly affect physical health. At the 2013 Patient-Centered Medical Home Research Conference, an expert workgroup convened to determine policy recommendations to promote the integration of primary care and behavioral health. In this article we present these recommendations: Build demonstration projects to test existing approaches of integration, develop interdisciplinary training programs to support members of the integrated care team, implement population-based strategies to improve behavioral health, eliminate behavioral health carve-outs and test innovative payment models, and develop population-based measures to evaluate integration.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)909-917
Number of pages9
JournalPediatrics
Volume135
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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