Meeting the full spectrum of patients’ physical and mental health needs requires providers to embrace new approaches to integrating behavioral health into a comprehensive system of care.
Hospitals alone don’t have and won’t find the silver bullet to solve the nationwide shortage of mental and behavioral health services. Instead, partnerships among hospitals, primary care providers, community mental health centers, and federally qualified health centers are emerging. These new delivery systems depend on psychologists, therapists, and other behavioral health providers to work together and with the right tools to overcome the limited availability of psychiatry resources.
ECG can help your organization take advantage of rapidly evolving opportunities to enhance behavioral and mental health services and meet population health demands by:
- Evaluating and restructuring the role of providers, particularly primary care physicians, and advanced practice clinicians
- Creating a fully integrated behavioral health system of providers and community-based partners
- Leveraging the staff resource pool, including social workers and peer counselors
- Incorporating screening tools to identify behavioral health issues in inpatient and outpatient settings
- Redirecting behavioral health patients from the ER to community-based crisis beds
- Implementing technology solutions, such as telepsych and teletherapy, behavioral health navigation systems, and other electronic tools
- Preparing for risk-based payment models, including Medicaid and Medicare and innovative demonstration projects