UMass Medical School expert discusses patient-centered medical home standards for integrating behavioral health on national webinar

July 29, 2015

UMass Medical School’s practice transformation expert Judith Steinberg, MD, MPH, is a panelist on a SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions (CIHS) webinar on July 29 focused on the 2014 National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) patient-centered medical home (PCMH) standards and behavioral health integration.

During the webinar, “Raising the Bar: Behavioral Health Integration in Patient-Centered Medical Home Standards,” Dr. Steinberg will summarize the PCMH standards that have a behavioral health component and review the full set of PCMH standards through the lens of behavioral health integration. Participants also will learn specific steps providers can take to operationalize behavioral health integration within PCMH standards.

Other experts will discuss topics related to patient-centered medical homes and NCQA standards.

The 90-minute webinar is based on a report compiled by Steinberg for CIHS. The report, Advancing Behavioral Health Integration Within NCQA Recognized Patient-Centered Medical Homes, aims to support safety-net providers across the country by outlining the 2014 NCQA PCMH standards regarding the integration of behavioral health into primary care.

Steinberg — the deputy chief medical officer of UMass Medical School’s Commonwealth Medicine division — is an expert in the patient-centered medical home model of care, including behavioral health integration. Under Steinberg’s leadership, UMass Medical School was a partner with the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services on the Massachusetts Patient-Centered Medical Home Initiative, a three-year multi-payer demonstration.

She led the team that designed the clinical delivery model for MassHealth’s Primary Care Payment Reform (PCPR) and has been the executive lead on the PCPR Learning Collaborative for practices participating in this health care reform initiative. The objective of these primary care initiatives is to implement the patient-centered medical home with behavioral health integration under new payment and incentive models.

Steinberg’s team at UMass Medical School also is working to support practices and health care organizations in implementing other Massachusetts health care reform initiatives, including MassHealth’s One Care, the integrated care program for people with disabilities who are eligible for both Medicaid and Medicare.

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