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Mental and Behavioral Health Blog

Prince William and Lady Gaga discuss mental health

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Integrated Healthcare News Roundup: September 2016

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From the latest research to illustrative case studies for integrated healthcare, we're rounded up the most interesting news from September, 2016. Check out the stories below to stay up-to-date.

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Comparing and Contrasting Integrated Healthcare with the Status Quo

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  Introduction In the United States, healthcare facilities are largely privately owned and operated, with 58% of US hospitals being non-profit, 21% being governmentally owned, and 21% being investor-owned.  The US spends more per capita ($9,267), and a greater percentage of its GDP (17.4%) on healthcare than any other nation. In addition to being the most expensive, the US healthcare system was found to be the worst performing out of 11 developed countries in terms of health access, efficiency, and equity. Equity includes issues related to insurance coverage (being uninsured or underinsured), as well as proper coverage for behavioral health and psychiatric conditions, and demographic health disparities (racial/ethnic, sex, age, disability status, socioeconomic status). Efficiency of healthcare delivery has also been found to relate directly to outcome for patients. Equity and efficiency with respect to healthcare delivery of course impact healthcare access for a given individual.  

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Integrated Healthcare & Technology

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A large cross-section of the population is endowed with both physical and psychological disabilities that manifest in chronic conditions or complex illnesses. This diverse group of individuals has complicated needs that frequently require a combination of medical, physical, psychological and social interventions. These people require an amalgam of services delivered by multiple providers in several settings. This presents major challenges to both patients and practitioners: coordinating patient care, ensuring services are delivered, managing crises, and coping with individual stressors.

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Let’s Remove the Mental Health Stigma

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People with mental health issues are some of the most stigmatized, marginalized and disadvantaged members in our society. The negative connotations and false information related with mental illness is as harmful as the disease itself. Persons with mental illnesses are commonly described as dangerous, scary, lazy, or viewed with pity (Corrigan & Penn 1999). Stigma has far reaching effects on an individual that include lack of employment opportunities, housing limitations, and barriers to obtaining and receiving treatment services (Alexander & Link, 2003). In addition, it has negative consequences on an individual’s self-esteem and motivation to seek out mental health care (Corrigan, Druss & Perlick, 2014). Mitigating stigma related to people with mental illness is a difficult mission. In order to change attitudes, initiatives at the structural and individual level can be implemented to increase knowledge and acceptance of individuals with psychiatric illness.

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Mental Health Statistics You Need to Know

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Research on mental health conditions and their validated, empirically-based treatments is prevalent. For many conditions, gold standards of care have been established. In recent years, there have been growing movements aimed at increasing awareness of mental health issues, and for reducing stigma, on social media platforms.  

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10 Industry-Leading EHRs To follow on Twitter

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In today’s digital world, smart phones, tablets and web-enabled devices have significantly transformed our lives, and how we communicate. There’s now a more seamless flow of information within the healthcare sector, courtesy of Electronic Health Records (EHRs). The healthcare industry is an information-rich enterprise – and with EHRs, information is available whenever and wherever it’s needed. EHRs encompass and leverage digital progress and have transformed the way care is delivered and compensated, usually resulting in better care for patients.

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Ease Physician Burnout with Technology for Integrating Care

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Doctors are tired. They’re depressed and burned-out. And who can blame them? They are dealing with constantly changing regulations that are exhausting to keep up with, and increased reporting requirements that are taking away valuable time which could be better spent with their patients. Primary care physicians are getting the brunt of this growing problem.

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Integrating Primary and Behavioral Healthcare: Key to Reducing Costs?

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When did we start differentiating “physical health” and “mental health?” Isn’t it all just health? Treating patients holistically could be the secret to reducing healthcare costs while improving the quality of care. Sure, it might sound like an oxymoron – an impossible feat even – but is it?  

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Should Mental Health Be a Primary-Care Doctor’s Job?

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Patients occasionally ask me if I’ll be the doctor who’ll take out a gallbladder or deliver a baby. I tell them, “You deserve better.” I’m a primary-care internist, and my expertise is broader than it is deep. I manage high blood pressure and cholesterol, but refer people with heart attacks to cardiologists; I perform Pap tests and prescribe birth-control pills, but send pregnant women to obstetricians; and I often diagnose, but never treat, cancer.

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