Guidebook on Healthcare Integration
Donna Sabourin, MA, LLP, and Kathleen Reynolds, LMSW, ACSW, have written
Raising the Bar: Moving Toward the Integration of Healthcare. This guide to primary care and behavioral health integration highlights successes that can be achieved in implementing integrated healthcare for consumers of publicly funded behavioral health and primary care services. The book offers an inside look at one organization’s integration journey. It also reviews research that supports the case for integration, the financial implications of undertaking this type of project, and how to overcome identified barriers. Appendices provide survey samples, work plan tools, and model agreements to help providers launch a similar initiative in their community.
HBIPS training CD
The National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems (NAPHS) has released a four-hour training CD to help hospitals prepare for the launch of The Joint Commission’s core measures for hospital-based inpatient psychiatric services (HBIPS).
Hospital-Based Inpatient Psychiatric Services (HBIPS) Core Measures: Implementation Strategies for an October Launch brings together experts and Joint Commission project leaders to help organizations prepare for this major initiative and get maximum value from data collection. Included with the CD are links to online presentations and resource materials provided by the faculty.
The training describes how baseline and comparative data will be reported back to facilities through the Joint Commission’s extranet site. Psychiatric hospitals will be able to use the core measures instead of non-core measures in their ORYX reporting, and general hospitals will have the option to use the HBIPS core measures.
Pharmaceutical Care Technology Software
Medication Management Systems (MMS) has announced an agreement with
Genoa Healthcare to bring together pharmaceutical care technology and delivery of pharmacy services in community mental health clinics to improve the health of mentally ill patients. The MMS Assurance Pharmaceutical Care System is becoming a component of Genoa Healthcare’s medication therapy management program, integrating mental health services and improving care coordination between providers. With patient-centered pharmaceutical care tools, MMS helps to improve medication efficacy, safety, and adherence. The MMS Assurance System aids pharmacists in associating drug therapies with a patient’s medical conditions; identifies, prevents, and resolves drug therapy problems; creates custom patient care plans; and documents and reports progress toward achieving therapeutic goals over time in an Electronic Therapeutic Record.
Online commerce benefiting nonprofits
Nonprofit organizations can affiliate with a search engine and an online shopping site in which users automatically raise funds for charitable groups. More than 60,000 nonprofits have partnered with the Yahoo-powered search engine
GoodSearch.com and the online shopping mall GoodShop.com. Approximately one penny is donated to charity each time the search engine is used, and a percentage of the purchase price for items sold at the online shopping site (featuring several major online retailers) supports nonprofits as well. In neither case does the consumer incur an extra charge for using the online services.
Online Binge Eating Disorder Program
HealthMedia, Inc., has launched HealthMedia Overcoming Binge Eating, an evidence-based program that addresses this eating disorder. The program emulates the experience of an around-the-clock health coach, nutritionist, and psychologist working together via the Web to help patients suffering from binge eating disorder. Overcoming Binge Eating connects with each individual, and gathers detailed information such as distinct eating triggers, motivation, self-confidence, stage of change, and barriers to change, and then creates a personalized program to help patients control their eating and emotions.
Magellan e-Learning Recovery Center
Magellan Health Services, Inc., has launched an online learning center designed to reinforce resiliency and recovery principles. The Magellan Resiliency and Recovery e-Learning Center enables consumers, families, and providers to apply the principles of hope, choice, empowerment, and education to achieve individual behavioral health goals. The e-Learning Center is a free resource that hosts 10 interactive e-courses in English and Spanish, offering strategies and techniques for promoting resiliency and recovery. The e-courses include testimonials of personal experiences that provide motivation and can be completed in 30-45 minutes. Magellan providers are able to receive continuing education units for completing the e-courses. The e-Learning Center will continue to expand through partnerships with Yale University’s Program for Recovery and Community Health and the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance.