Mainstreaming Behavioral Health Care

<img class="wp-image-4657" src="" alt=" Behavioral Health Care "width =" 385 "height =" 267 "/> Distinction for the Integration of Behavioral Health

Your health care professional should be the health professional who knows you the most. If you need to see a specialist, your primary care practice will refer you to someone for these medical needs, which is part of the model that patient-centered medical centers (PCMH) use to provide quality health care.

PCMH practitioners can also detect signs of illness that are not necessarily medical, but are more behavioral. During a routine visit to the doctor, clinicians can usually detect signs of mental illness such as social withdrawal, problems with thinking or concentration, and mood changes.

New distinction from NCQA for the integration of behavioral health

It is logical that behavioral health problems be identified and addressed first in a primary care setting. That's why we developed the NCQA behavioral health integration distinction in the behavioral integration of health. This is a new distinction for practices that "integrate" behavioral health care by integrating them into their PCMH practices.

Peggy O. Kane, NCQA's President, says it best: "Often, primary health care is identified by a primary care provider, so adding behavioral health care services into primary care is a real opportunity for patients. It breaks down barriers to behavioral care and improves overall health. "

NCQA Distinction in Behavioral Health Integration calls for a primary care setting to have a care team (care managers, psychiatrists or other practitioners) in place to manage the general needs of patients with behavioral health-related illnesses, focusing on the use of evidence-based protocols and continuous quality measurement and improvement.

We know that integrating behavioral health into primary care can improve access, clinical outcomes, patient satisfaction and improve the quality of health care all around … and c & That's what we do at NCQA.

To learn more about the Distinction in Behavioral Health Integration, download the NCQA PCMH Standards and Guidelines for Recognition of the NCQA Store. The requirements of the program are listed in Appendix 4.

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Cindy is Senior Communications Manager at NCQA. Its goal is to educate consumers through the media and public relations. Cindy is a strategist of communications and public engagement with an experience rooted in television reporting. She is also part of NCQA's creative services unit, developing messages through visual storytelling.


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