Behavioral Health Integration

The American Medical Association (AMA) has released four new practice guides that equip physician practices and health systems with practical strategies for overcoming obstacles to accessible and equitable treatment for patients’ behavioral, mental, and physical health needs. These guides focus on four key areas of effective integrated care: practice workflow design, pharmacological treatment, substance use disorder, and suicide prevention. Additionally, the BHI Compendium, which serves as a tool to help provide a proven pathway for delivering integrated behavioral care, has also been enhanced with additional resources and practice case studies ensuring physician practices and health systems have the most recent, actionable information at their disposal. Access the guides here

"In a sea of bad news about health care costs and poor access to mental health and substance use disorder treatment, The Collaborative Care Model (CoCM) is a breath of fresh air. CoCM is an evidence-based psychiatric consultation model with a demonstrated return on investment that works! CoCM supports AMHs by increasing access to psychiatric services, increasing the competency and confidence of primary care to manage mild to moderate mental health and substance use problems. CoCM not only saves money but it improves medical outcomes, helping AMHs help their patients live healthier lives."

Jennie Byrne, MD, PhD
Chief Behavioral Health Officer
CareMore Health

The Collaborative Care Model is an evidence-based integrated care model designed for the treatment of mild to moderate behavioral health issues in the primary care medical home. In November of 2016, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published the final rules covering collaborative care services in their 2017 Medicare Fee Schedule. In September of 2018, North Carolina (PDF) became the second state to adopt these codes into the Medicaid fee schedule. 

Jesse Hardin is a Senior Provider Engagement Coordinator with Carolina Complete Health Network and can support your primary care practice to implement various evidence-based models for providing integrated care in the primary care medical home model.

If you are interested in learning more about The Collaborative Care Model for your practice, please contact Jesse at 

Additional Resources:

American Psychiatric Association: Learn about the Collaborative Care Model

Free CME for Psychiatrists, Primary Care Providers, and BH Care Managers

Cheat Sheet on Bundled Payments for CoCM and other BHI Services

Daniel’s Story: An Introduction to Collaborative Care