Behavioral and Physical Health Integration
The Office of Medicaid Policy and Planning has placed a priority on physical health and behavioral health intervention for 2009. In support of this, Managed Health Services and Cenpatico Behavioral Health have initiated a physical and behavioral health Integration project to facilitate the coordination of care between our behavioral health and physical health providers.
MHS & Cenpatico Web Updates
In further support of healthcare integration, MHS and Cenpatico have undertaken supplying quality education resources on the topic of healthcare integration for our providers. We have collected research articles that look at coordinating healthcare. These studies have been undertaken by experts to better understand the relationship between physical and behavioral health, and to evaluate the impact of coordinated care on the health of patients.
A new article abstract, and a link to read the full article will be featured periodically on the MHS and Cenpatico Web sites. We encourage our providers to use these articles and web resources as tools for further education on the integration of physical and behavioral healthcare.
Integration Web links
Several healthcare and academic bodies around our country have recognized the value of healthcare integration; several systems have already implemented integrated healthcare, and have the research and data to prove that it is effective. These links will direct you to their websites so that you may learn more about these other projects:
Collaborative Family Healthcare Association
Cherokee Health Systems
Community Care Services
Integrated Behavioral Health Project
Univeristy of Texas – Hogg Foundation for Mental Health
Health Management Associates
Mountain Area Health Education Center