Participants: ACHP Behavioral Health Collaborative
Where: ACHP’s online meeting center (WebEx), password “ACHP”
The ACHP Behavioral Health Collaborative met on December 12 for its last update call of the year.
There was a rich discussion at ACHP’s recent Board meeting about mental health being a key opportunity area to improve the health of communities. Board members agree that together ACHP plans can tackle a lot of ground through the clinical innovation programming. At ACHP’s upcoming in-person collaborative meeting in May, the entire first day will be devoted to mental health. We’ll continue the multi-disciplinary approach where attendees from a variety of roles come together to talk about issues of joint interest. On this call participants strategized possible focus areas for that meeting.
Suggested topics included integrated approaches to opioid and benzodiazepine abuse; integrated care delivery for individuals with depression and anxiety; interventions for individuals with severe mental illness who smoke; and collaborative models for the pregnant and perinatal population.
The group also reviewed the responses from the recent survey and provided additional suggestions for mental and behavioral health programming in 2018. Participants noted several topics of interest, such as suicide prevention and rising readmission rates.
UPMC Health Plan was originally supposed to discuss how UPMC is leveraging integrated models of care to improve patient-centered outcomes for publicly-insured adults with complex health care needs. Unfortunately they were unable to present on this call, but we will look for a time to feature the project on a future webinar.
The first update call of 2018 will be held on February 15 at 3:00 p.m. ET.