AMA- COVID-19 UPDATE (20 min Video)
AMA launches physician collaboration to help doctors integrate behavioral health into primary care
The AMA announced in October 2020 that it has formed the AMA-Behavioral Health Integration (BHI) Collaborative, a new physician collaboration to promote the integration of behavioral and mental health care into primary care. The seven leading medical associations are partnering with the AMA to provide resources to support healthcare clinician well-being as well as increasing access to mental health care for patients.
Mental health issues are spiking during the COVID-19 pandemic as Americans face enormous social and economic stress. At the same time, access to behavioral healthcare—which had already been limited due to resource shortages and stigma—is even more limited. https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/69/wr/pdfs/mm6932a1-H.pdf
Although many organizations have been trying to implement various models of behavioral health integration, a recent study by the RAND Corporation published in the Annals of Internal Medicine reported that practices continue to face multiple cultural, informational, and financial barriers to implementing and sustaining behavioral health integration. https://www.acpjournals.org/doi/abs/10.7326/M20-0132?journalCode=aim
The BHI Collaborative Overcoming Obstacles webinar series will provide strategies to overcome those barriers including reports from successful practices about billing and virtual integration. Recordings for on-demand access will be available on the website.
AMA-Steps Forward Module on Best Practices for integrating behavioral health into primary care. https://edhub.ama-assn.org/steps-forward/module/2702747