Five questions you should ask about primary care integration

February 15, 2012
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Five questions you should ask about primary care integration

Across the country, treatment facilities have started integrating primary care into the range of services they provide. But according to a recent webinar presented by Ron Zimmet, an attorney and general counsel for the Mental Health Risk and Retention Group (MHRRG), there are several key questions that behavioral healthcare providers should ask themselves to make sure their facilities are protected.

Here are just a few to consider:

  1. Will you be exposed to unique risks if you decide to participate in an integrated care arrangement?
  2. Are you providing primary medical care without knowing it?
  3. Should you have a contract with your local Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) partner?
  4. Can you be sued for the medical malpractice of your FQHC partner, even if you haven’t been negligent?
  5. Is it always a good idea to co-locate with your FQHC partner?

Later this month, we’ll be delving further into some of the questions posed by Zimmet, and what he suggests to protect your center and your patients when participating in an integrated care arrangement.

Stay tuned.

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Good advice

That is good advice. Partnering with a FQHC seems like a no-brainer at first, but these liability issues give one pause.