Health Systems have consistently struggled to meet the need for coordinated behavioral health services due to provider shortages and financial sustainability. Atrium Health designed and implemented an integrated, population health approach within primary care with proven success – both clinical and financial. Our presentation will provide attendees with a detailed look into the innovative design of our integrated model and the teams, tools, and processes utilized to achieve success. Atrium Health’s Behavioral Health Integration steps away from the traditional model of specialist co-location to a unique virtual model that provides real time assessment and consultation to patients and primary care providers. Integrated collaborative care drives improvements in health outcomes and a decrease in utilization of high cost health resources. Most importantly, these improvements in care delivery are positively impacting patients, family members, primary care providers, and team members.
- Understand how care delivery systems focused on telehealth, virtual care, and skill optimization are driving access to behavioral health services in a financially sustainable model targeting population health.
- Articulate the business reasons for integrating behavioral health into primary care and identify the appropriate measurements to evaluate effectiveness.
- Design quantifiable metrics relative to program impact on health outcomes, symptom improvement, resource utilization and overall cost of care.
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