Five minute read The title of this post is a terrible pick-up line, but it reflects my musings on how we identify patients in primary care who may benefit from behavioral health services. Health screening is standard practice in primary care. We screen for physical health, mental health, substance use, health behaviors, family functioning, social […]
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4 minute read. Original post available here With onboarding our new behavioral health consultant (BHC) interns and family medicine (FM) residents, we have had numerous conversations and presentations regarding the importance of integrating a contextual, compassionate approach to healthcare. Regardless of it being delivered by a BHC, by a primary care provider (PCP), by a […]
5 minutes How are helping professionals coping in the waning days of the pandemic? Signs of burnout are everywhere. One in three nurses reportedly plan to leave their jobs. Physicians, especially hospitalists, are wracked by moral injury. Behavioral health workers are being crushed by the press of people seeking help for depression, anxiety, and substance […]
4 minute read First published March, 2019. Original post here. One of the first things I noticed when starting out as a BHC in an obstetrics/gynecology clinic was that every template or model for integrated care focused on primary care as the setting for behavioral health integration. Although much of that information is adaptable to ob/gyn […]
5 Min Read. Filling that integrated care position at your clinic feel tough? You are not alone. Positions for mental health professionals of all types in primary care have grown in the last few years (see our job board and our map) and the options for mental health professionals have also expanded with telehealth uptake, […]
5 minute read First published January 20, 2021. Original post here. “The key to working with behavioral health clients,” a clinical supervisor told me over 30 years ago, “is asking about the past losses they’ve suffered and exploring whether they mishandled them.” He was a loss zealot, a mourning maven. He walked clients through guided […]
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Supporting Medically Complex Patients with Comorbidities During the COVID-19 PandemicCommunity Conversation: Supporting Medically Complex Patients with Comorbidities During the COVID-19 Pandemic
April 20, 2022
Historically, primary care has been the first line of treatment for those who experience co-occurring mental and chronic health conditions. Often termed “medically complex”, these patients have unique healthcare needs that require providers to operate above and beyond their typical practice. Unsurprisingly, the COVID-19 Pandemic has added a new layer of complexity, leading many providers to continuously evolve in their approach to treatment. In this Community Conversation, we explored these practices for supporting medically complex patients during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
What Path(ways) to take in PCBH?PCBH SIG Quarterly Meeting & Discussion
April 13th, 2022
The development of clinical pathways for specific conditions and/or populations is a recurrent topic at CFHA conferences and in healthcare centers. Join the PCBH SIG for a discussion with Dr. Ogbeide and Dr. Bauman on real clinic experiences implementing pathways, the pros and cons of developing pathways, exploration of ways to foster interdisciplinary collaboration in the process and key considerations regarding health equity and access to care.
CFHA Pediatrics SIG MeetingMarch 28th, 2022
Access to behavioral health services in the community has gotten worse during the pandemic, exacerbating the youth mental health crisis. While many BHCs try to deliver services as a bridge to community mental health, more and more BHCs find themselves working towards a bridge to nowhere, as patients face long waitlists and other barriers in the community. Algorithms for BH referrals have to be revisited as pressure to squeeze more patients on the BHC schedules is increasing.
This month we had a facilitated discussion on team-based solutions to a cross-system problem. A research article on the topic was also discussed.
Subscribe to our Youtube channel covering the world of primary care behavioral health with webinars and presentations on a variety of healthcare topics related to team-based, integrated and collaborative models of healthcare delivery.
This channel is dedicated to promoting behavioral health integration into primary care in hopes of fortifying and strengthening the system as a whole. Through interviews, role-plays, intervention metaphors, and videos alike, primary care team members of all disciplines can learn the ins and outs of working efficiently and effectively within the primary care system. Additionally, the channel highlights contextual-based behavioral interventions (e.g., focused Acceptance and Commitment Therapy [fACT]) commonly used in primary care. Dr. Bauman produces these videos in collaboration with the Collaborative Family Healthcare Association.