Infographic on Integrated Healthcare: 60% Will Integrate Behavioral Health and Primary Care in Year Ahead

A new Healthcare Intelligence Network infographic captures trends in integration of behavioral health and primary care, including integration levels achieved, telehealth use and challenges.

Sea Girt, NJ, August 24, 2015 --( Sixty percent of healthcare organizations will integrate behavioral and physical care in the coming year, a trend expected to boost the level of access to behavioral health services. The metric is one of several benchmarks presented in "Integrating Behavioral Health & Primary Care: Where Are We?," an infographic from the Healthcare Intelligence Network.

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When healthcare companies were asked what level of behavioral health-primary care integration they had achieved to date, their responses were as follows:

- Minimal collaboration: 3 percent

- Basic collaboration at a distance: 10 percent

- Basic onsite collaboration with minimal integration: 19 percent

- Close collaboration onsite in a partly integrated system: 31 percent

- Close collaboration approaching a fully integrated system: 14 percent

- Full collaboration in a fully integrated system: 17 percent

- Other: 3 percent

The infographic also highlights some of the top challenges of healthcare integration, including funding and reimbursement (29 percent) and patient non-adherence (18 percent), as well as telehealth adoption for behavioral health consults. Twenty-one percent use telehealth for behavioral health consults, 71 percent do not, and 9 percent indicated 'Other.'

"The healthcare integration trends identified by HIN's 2015 survey are extremely heartening," noted Melanie Matthews, executive vice president and chief operating officer of the Healthcare Intelligence Network. "Respondents' face-to-face interactions and relationship-building reflect an industry cognizant of the benefits of colocation and co-management of behavioral health and primary care, including, as so many respondents reported to us, increased access to behavioral health via a 'warm handover: the scheduling of a patient for behavioral health at the end of a primary care appointment."

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About the Research: The 2015 Integrating Behavioral Health and Primary Care survey was developed by the Healthcare Intelligence Network. Respondents were invited to take the survey via e-mail, e-newsletter and social media reminders throughout the month. A total of 113 healthcare companies answered the survey, which asked 22 questions on current and planned integration; integration level achieved; program components and tools; and more, with multiple responses possible on some questions. Some questions were open-ended, inviting write-in responses. Not all surveys were fully completed. Data is qualitative, with results compiled by the Healthcare Intelligence Network.

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Respondent Demographics: Responses to the May 2015 survey on Integrating Behavioral Health and Primary Care were submitted by 113 organizations. Of 55 respondents identifying their organization type, 25 percent were hospitals or health systems, 16 percent were behavioral healthcare providers, 15 percent were primary care practices, 13 percent identified as community health centers, and 33 percent categorized their organization type as 'Other.'

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