Online Program

Lessons learned: How ACA will impact behavioral health integration models over time

Monday, November 4, 2013 : 1:30 p.m. - 1:50 p.m.

George Rust, MD, MPH, FAAFP, FACPM, Professor of Family Medicine, Morehouse School of Medicine, National Center for Primary Care at Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA
Integration of behavioral health with primary care is one of the aims of the Affordable Care Act. How well it is implemented has the potential for improvement in health outcomes for patients with co-occurring diagnoses. There are few models of successful integration of behavioral health into primary care -- although most of the successful models have left out addiction treatment and an even smaller number of examples of successful integration of primary care into behavioral health. This session will be framed around how care systems can achieve the four principles of quality in an integrated health model: care that is person-centeredness, population-based, data-driven, and evidence-based. The financial and operational realities and methods for measuring progress will be presented. The discussant will capture and summarize “lessons learned”, the realities of implementing these models, and how the ACA is anticipated to impact behavioral health integration models over time.

Learning Areas:

Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health

Learning Objectives:
Discuss the impact that the Affordable Care Act will have on primary care and behavioral health integration models.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have worked in primary care and population health for underserved communities for nearly thirty years. I have published on the impact of mental health comorbidities on whole-person health outcomes, and on integration of behavioral health, primary care, and public health. Our Center has hosted numerous programs focused on behavioral health integration. I have spoken at national meetings on integration of behavioral health and primary care, and on health equity and health reform.

Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.