"The Challenges of Measuring Quality
and Costs of Behavioral Health Services in Primary Care"
Presented by Virna Little, PsyD, LCSW-r, MBA, CCM, SAP
Associate Director for Clinical Innovation, Center for Innovation in Mental Health

February 21 2018, CUNY SPH Room 822, 4-5:30 PM

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The ACA's parity requirements and recommendations from the United States Preventive Services Task Force have encouraged primary care providers to respond to screening for behavioral health (depression, alcohol use) in unprecedented ways.  Even as the science about the ability to detect and improve behavioral health issues in primary care deepens, providers remain stretched thin to meet a myriad of patient, clinical, and organizational expectations.

In addition to considerable time constraints, assessing the delivery of behavioral health screening presents its own set of challenges.  Unlike diabetes interventions, it is harder to measure the fidelity of behavioral health interventions and change is harder to measure than a-1-c levels.  Even within integrated primary care settings, referrals remain common but information on the services delivered or gains made is often not easily accessible by the primary care provider.