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Core Competencies for Integrated Behavioral Health and Primary Care

October 14th, 2015|

Despite the increasing national focus on integrated care, there is no single, widely recognized set of competencies on this service approach for either the behavioral health or primary care workforce.

Adult Depression in Primary Care Guideline

October 14th, 2015|

The American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) is a classification of mental disorders with associated criteria designed to facilitate more reliable diagnoses of these disorders.

Medicare Now Pays for Support for Patients with Chronic Conditions

October 9th, 2015|

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) is now paying for chronic care management (CCM) services, recognizing the value that primary care brings to healthcare.

AHRQ Academy Integrates Behavioral Health with Primary Care

October 7th, 2015|

To advance the field of integration, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) created the Academy for Integrating Behavioral Health and Primary Care

Learn from the Best: Innovations to Improve Cardiovascular Health

October 5th, 2015|

Primary care practices have a unique opportunity to deliver preventive services to at-risk patients before they develop cardiovascular disease. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) features innovative approaches from primary care practices

Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT)

September 30th, 2015|

SBIRT is a comprehensive, integrated, public health approach to the delivery of early intervention and treatment services for persons with substance use disorders, as well as those who are at risk of developing these disorders.

SAMHSA Provides Behavioral Health Screening Tools

September 24th, 2015|

Despite the high prevalence of mental health and substance use problems, too many Americans go without treatment, in part because their disorders go undiagnosed, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Provider Template for Hypertension Protocol

September 8th, 2015|

It’s critical for all providers to follow the same protocol when caring for patients. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has supplied a template to help your practice to develop a protocol for controlling hypertension in adults.

Suicide Safe: The FREE Suicide Prevention App for Healthcare Providers

September 6th, 2015|

For individuals at risk of suicide, behavioral health and primary care settings provide unique opportunities to connect with the healthcare system and access effective treatment.

New Best Practice Videos for Cardiovascular Care

September 4th, 2015|

Home Health Quality Improvement (HHQI) has produced several new video best practice intervention packages (BPIP) about cardiovascular care for both providers and patients to use. They cover a range of cardiovascular topics such as:

Smoking Effects & Cessation
Blood Pressure Control
At-Risk Populations
Risk Factors
Lifestyle Management

These BPIPs not only offer videos, but also provide evidence-based tools, strategies and

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