PROMOTING INTEGRATION OF PHYSICAL AND BEHAVIORAL HEALTH CARE

The Endowment for Health and its subsidiary, Health Strategies of New Hampshire, have selected Cherokee Health Systems to conduct a “state of the state” study on behavioral health and primary care integration in New Hampshire.

REPORT:  click here to view the full report prepared by Cherokee Health Systems

SLIDES:   click here to view the slides from the December 9th webinar

STEVE ROWE letter:  click here to view Steve Rowe's letter about the study

Overarching Goal of the Study:  Improve health outcomes and reduce New Hampshire health care costs by promoting behavioral health and primary care integration. 

“National studies have demonstrated that integrated, bi-directional behavioral health and primary care is a cost-effective solution, improving outcomes for patients with depression, serious mental illness and substance abuse-related comorbidities,” says EH Program Director Kim Firth.

“Cherokee Health Systems is a national leader with deep clinical expertise.  They have the necessary knowledge on infrastructure and are uniquely positioned to help identify policy and financing barriers as well as to recommend models for better integration of behavioral health and primary care in our state,” Firth adds.

The Study Will:

  • Provide a snapshot of New Hampshire integrated behavioral health and primary care integration models in various practice settings;
    • Highlight existing integrated models demonstrating improved patient outcomes, patient satisfaction, and cost-effectiveness;
    • Uncover gaps in the range of available behavioral health and primary care expertise, role functions, and services;
  •  Pinpoint specific barriers to behavioral health and primary care integration in New Hampshire from practice, policy and financing perspectives;
  • Identify enabling financing mechanisms for existing behavioral health and primary care integration models; and
  • Present specific state options, based on national literature and best practices, including actionable recommendations to create a more integrated health system.

The project has utilized an advisory committee of key NH stakeholders to inform study design and implementation while providing New Hampshire context where necessary.

 

Click here for the Cherokee Health Systems November 24, 2014 Presentation summarizing the preliminary findings for the integrated behavioral health and primary care study to identify policy, financing and practice barriers to bi-directional integrated care in New Hampshire and state options to overcome those barriers.

Click here for more information about integrated behavioral health and primary care.