February 22, 2022
A new report released this week from the American Medical Association (AMA) outlines how telehealth and other digital strategies can connect behavioral health and primary care.
The report comes as the health care community aims to address a growing behavioral health crisis and develop new strategies to better coordinate physical and mental health.
Persistent “workforce, financial, information and cultural barriers” stand in the way of reaching more patients with behavioral health needs, the report noted. The report identified telehealth and other digital tools as key components to integrate care.
“The demand for behavioral health services is significant and rising, but so is the potential for digital technology to support the integrated delivery of physical and behavioral health services,” AMA President Gerald Harmon, MD, said in a statement on Monday.
The AMA and Manatt Health developed the report with a representative group of physician practices, large employers, health plans, and patient advocates.
The report’s key recommendations to support behavioral health integration across health care include:
“All stakeholders have a critical role to play in making accessible and equitable treatment that addresses peoples’ behavioral and physical health needs a more standard practice within primary care,” the report concludes.
HAP and Pennsylvania’s hospitals are focused on solutions to address Pennsylvania’s behavioral health crisis and to support care for patients across the commonwealth. This includes supporting access to behavioral health through telehealth. Learn more about HAP’s behavioral health priorities.
The report from the AMA is available online.
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