A key feature of the medical home is team-based care focused on the needs of patients and, when appropriate, their family and caregivers. This type of care is centered around the whole person and includes physical, behavioral, and oral health, as well as long-term care. A patient and family-centered orientation embraces patient preferences and culture, recognizes and assists with health literacy, provides tools and resources for self-managing chronic conditions, and is founded on trust and respect between the patient and the clinician in order to develop a true partnership.
Depending on the practice, the health care team may include primary care physicians; nurse practitioners; physician assistants; mental health practitioners or behavioral health specialists; social workers; care coordinators; pharmacists; palliative care providers; physical, occupational and speech therapists; community health workers; and others who support health services in the community. The team also includes patients and their families, given that their input is the key component to realizing the medical home.
This group provides networking and educational opportunities, including expert discussions, around the integration of behavioral health within the medical home. The group has also developed screening tools to help practices identify potential Medicare reimbursements and has developed a list of resources on behavioral health integration.
If you would like to get more involved with our Behavioral Health Group, please subscribe here to receive agendas, news, and announcements. This group has monthly conference calls - open to the public - at Noon ET on the third Wednesday of each month. Visit our public calendar for specific dates and call-in information.
|July 1, 2015||Improved data, reimbursement vital to better behavioral care coordination||FierceHealthPayer|
|June 17, 2015||Zumbro Valley Health Center Earns Health Care Home Certification from Dept. of Health||Zumbro Valley Health Center|
|May 28, 2015||How peer support boosts the patient-centered medical home model||Fierce PracticeManagement|
|May 28, 2015||State legislation aims to improve access to mental health care||The San Diego Union-Tribune|
|May 27, 2015||CarePlus NJ establishes first state-certified behavior health home agency||NJBIZ|
|May 16, 2015||Bridging The Gap Between Behavioral And Primary Health Care For Low-Income Patients||Health Affairs Blog|
|April 26, 2015||What a doctor can learn from being a patient||The Boston Globe|
|April 24, 2015||Integrating Behavioral Medicine Into Primary Care GME: A Necessary Paradigm For 21st Century Ambulatory Practice||Health Affairs Blog|
|April 1, 2015||Primary Care Providers Crucial to Addressing Emotional Trauma||Business Wire|
|January 30, 2015||New Report Finds Patient-Centered Medical Homes Improve Care, Reduce Costs||Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative|