imgres-1 Webinars

State Innovations: Oral Health Integration in Statewide Delivery System and Payment Reform

This webinar from the Center for Health Care Strategies, made by possible by the Washington Dental Service Foundation, explored the range of approaches to oral health integration that states are considering in the areas of: (1) Medicaid benefit design and expansion; (2) practice-level oral health reforms; and (3) statewide delivery reform models.

imgres-1 Toolkits

Integration Strategies Toolkit

This toolkit provides various examples of innovative models integrating physical and behavioral health care. The resources are categorized into the following topic areas: physical/behavioral health integration, appropriate emergency department use, and innovations for integrating depression treatment into primary care.

imgresArticles and Briefs

CommunityRx: A Population Health Improvement Innovation That Connects Clinics To Communities

AcademyHealth offers The CommunityRx system, a population health innovation, combined an e-prescribing model and community engagement to strengthen links between clinics and community resources for basic, wellness, and disease self-management needs in Chicago.

Strengthening Integration Of Health Services And Systems

Integration of health services and systems constitutes the fourth Action Area in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Culture of Health Action Framework, which is the subject of this article from AcademyHealth. This Action Area conceives of a strengthened health care system as one in which medical care, public health, and social services interact to produce a more effective, equitable, higher-value whole that maximizes the production of health and well-being for all individuals.

National Oral Health Innovation and Integration Network

This collaborative grew out the Strengthening the Oral Health Safety Net (SOHSN) partnership. Funded by the DentaQuest Foundation, this initiative engaged partners like the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) and the National Network for Oral Health Access (NNOHA), supporting their work to strategically build capacity to promote oral health on behalf of safety net providers across the country.

Medicaid Expansion: Driving Innovation In Behavioral Health Integration

The blog from HealthAffairs presents case studies from two provider systems that illustrate some of the innovative approaches that are improving the quality of behavioral health care at safety-net institutions.

Promising Practices to Integrate Physical and Mental Health Care for Medi-Cal Members

This brief from the Center for Health Care Strategies describes promising practices to improve collaboration across systems, and to provide a more seamless experience of care for beneficiaries. These insights, while gleaned from California, can inform physical and mental health care integration in other states as well.

Quality Indicators for Physical and Behavioral Health Care Integration

Although the integration of physical and behavioral health services has been shown to improve outcomes and reduce spending, it has failed to take hold. In a JAMA Viewpoint, Commonwealth Fund–supported authors say that the missing link to increased adoption of this model may be quality measures for assessing and rewarding well-integrated care.

Creating Connections: An Early Look at the Integration of Behavioral Health and Primary Care in Accountable Care Organizations

This Commonwealth Fund report explores how ACOs are approaching the integration of behavioral health into primary care by showcasing two models of behavioral health and primary care integration. The two ACOs vary in their approach to integration as well as in other characteristics.

Strategic Guidance: Practical Approaches for Engaging Employers in Community Alliances

This brief highlights employer engagement insights from collaboratives that are currently part of the Aligning Forces for Quality (AF4Q) program. This brief also offers several ideas for community collaboratives to consider in assessing the mix of employers in their region and matching their own products or services with the types of employers most likely to value them.

Using Medicaid Resources to Pay for Health-Related Supportive Services: Early Lessons

CHCS conducted interviews with state officials, community providers, and national experts to identify how these Medicaid programs are determining the appropriate scope of supportive services and incorporating them into their state plans. Drawing from these interviews, this brief provides practical state case studies to help inform supportive service payment strategies within accountable care organizations, health homes, community health teams, accountable communities for health, and other value-based delivery system reforms.

Improving Health Care Quality and Equity: Considerations for Building Partnerships Between Provider Practices and Community Organizations (A4FQ) 

Given the day-to-day hurdles many patients face, practices can benefit from strategic partnerships with community organizations that can help support patient needs. This brief outlines considerations for practices looking to develop partnerships with community organizations.It mainly addresses practices that may have limited experience with community engagement, but that seek to form relationships that can help them improve the quality or equity of their care.

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