Anyone who works in health care knows how important mental health treatment is to overall patient care, and at the same time, how difficult it is to provide that treatment. Some clinics, however, are shifting to a team-based care model and, more often than not, including behavioral and mental health providers in the team.
“We’re talking about team-based care,” says a behavioral health consultant in a clinic implementing Alternative Payment Methodology (APM). “This new model will essentially make us more like team members. The PCPs need to know that, essentially we’re specialists. We’re consultants that will help people with particular things. But we’re not going to take the patient and treat the patient. We’re going to help them treat this patient. And I think that’s a huge culture shift, and particularly for us.” Continue reading Treating the Whole Person