Practice transformation expert to present how learning collaboratives can prompt and foster behavioral health integration at Collaborative Family Healthcare Association conference

October 13, 2015

UMass Medical School’s practice transformation expert Judith Steinberg, MD, MPH, will join a team in presenting how learning collaboratives can be used to prompt and foster regional and statewide behavioral health integration at the 17th annual conference of the Collaborative Family Healthcare Association (CFHA) Oct. 15-17 in Portland, Oregon.

Dr. Steinberg, deputy chief medical officer for UMass Medical School’s Commonwealth Medicine health care consulting division, will present, along with others, “Paving the Way: How a Learning Community Can Help Realize Behavioral Health Integration” at 12:30 p.m. Oct. 16

Steinberg and her co-presenters will discuss the New England Regional Integrating Behavioral Health Primary Care Collaborative. Then Steinberg will focus on Massachusetts learning collaboratives that are supporting providers participating in health care reform initiatives led by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services and the Massachusetts Medicaid program, MassHealth. Initiatives such as Primary Care Payment Reform (PCPR), One Care and the previous Massachusetts Patient-Centered Medical Home Initiative (MA-PCMHI) require the integration of behavioral and physical health care. Steinberg has been leading the development and implementation of these learning collaboratives.

Steinberg is leader in the area of practice transformation, the patient-centered medical home (PCMH) model of care and behavioral health integration. A report detailing the behavioral health elements required in achieving recognition as a patient-centered medical home by the National Committee for Quality Assurance was compiled by Steinberg for SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions.

Commonwealth Medicine works directly with primary care practices and health care institutions to educate them about new care delivery models, such as PCMH, and alternative payment models.

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