Integrating Behavioral Health & Primary Care: Where Are We?

Behavioral health conditions affect nearly one of five Americans, leading to healthcare costs of $57 billion yearly, notes a 2009 AHRQ brief. Integration of behavioral and physical health services helps to ensure access by all individuals to preventive, ongoing and appropriate behavioral health services as part of a whole-person healthcare approach.

According to 2015 metrics from the Healthcare Intelligence Network (HIN), 62 percent of healthcare organizations have integrated behavioral health and primary care to some degree, with nearly one thirdó31 percentóreporting they have achieved "close collaboration onsite in a partly integrated system," one of six integration levels defined by the Center for Integrative Health Solutions (CIHS).

Integrating Behavioral Health & Primary Care: Where Are We?
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Robert Marchuk

Listen to Robert Marchuk, vice president of ancillary services at Adventist Health, address whether all Adventist providers within identified specialties are required to participate in virtual telehealth visits, and while the benefits to the patient are obvious, what do specialists gain from the experience? He also discusses how virtual encounters contribute to care coordination, and how patients' primary care providers are kept in the loop.


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2015 Healthcare Benchmarks: Integrating Behavioral Health and Primary Care

More information on this topic can be found in: 2015 Healthcare Benchmarks: Integrating Behavioral Health and Primary Care. This 40-page report captures healthcare's efforts to achieve healthcare parity and honor the joint principles of the patient-centered medical home, including a whole person orientation and provision of coordinated and/or integrated care. This 40-page report, based on responses by 113 healthcare organizations to HIN's inaugural industry survey on this emerging trend, compiles a wealth of metrics on current and planned behavioral health and primary care integration, levels of integration achieved, program components, screening tools, challenges, impacts and successes.