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Join Stacy DiStefano, Dr. Sailaja Musunuri, Melissa Fox, and Chris Wolf as they present the Integrated and Complex Care for Special Populations Symposium, moderated by Tine Hansen-Turton.
Wednesday, March 15, 2023
3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
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Nothing is more urgent than solving the problem of how to address the fragmented systems and gaps in care for the most complex populations. Join Woods Services to hear from expert panelists in the field of health and human services who will speak from experience about meeting the medical and behavioral healthcare needs of populations that require complex care, such as people with intellectual disability and/or behavioral health complexities — a challenge for both the individuals in need and their healthcare providers. Panelists will discuss how they have built programs and services, and how an integrated and coordinated service delivery system of programs and services around a population, taking into account their changing needs over time, not only better serves that group — and is what these individuals prefer — but is an approach that will also result in large, cohesive, and concentrated market shares, making it a sustainable model. We hope you’ll join us for an informative, dynamic discussion. Moderated by Tine Hansen-Turton, President and CEO of Woods Services.

Thriving Through Transformation Symposia Series:

This symposium is the third in a series of four symposia that stem from key themes in the newly-released book Thriving Through Transformation: A Practical Guide to Creating Organizational Change in the Social Sector by Woods Services. For more about the book and the series, see below.

Visit here to purchase a paperback copy of the book.

Visit here to download the free digital version.

Learn more about the speakers, agenda, and registration details here.

RCPA is pleased to offer this webinar on Tuesday, January 25, 2022, at 1:00 pm to discuss moving beyond the Carve-out/Carve-in debate.

In an age of integrated care, specialty behavioral health care matters. For more than two decades, the debate of what to do in Medicaid managed care with physical health care (PH) and behavioral health care (BH) centered on the question: should a state carve-out BH from PH managed care contracts or carve-in BH to PH managed care contracts? This presentation will focus on the most current answers to that question. Please register here if you have not registered yet for this event.

Presenters include:

Panelists will review:

  • Pennsylvania’s Behavioral HealthChoices;
  • Discuss managed care models utilized in other States; and
  • Asses how the debate is changing from carve-out vs. carve-in to a focus on contractual standards and accountability.

Achieving whole-person care and addressing social determinants of health by doing specialty behavioral health care directly through various Medicaid managed care approaches will be considered. While there will be an opportunity to ask questions at the time of the presentation, we encourage you to submit questions in advance to Tina Miletic.

Please register here to attend this webinar. We look forward to your participation!

A significant number of “avoidable” visits to US emergency departments (EDs) are for mental health and alcohol problems, as well as dental problems, which the ED is not fully equipped to treat. Using the National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, the researchers analyzed data on 424 million visits made to US EDs between 2005 and 2011 by patients aged 18 to 64 years. The researchers “conservatively” defined “avoidable” ED visits as discharged ED visits that did not require any diagnostic tests, procedures, or medications. The authors of the study from the Department of Emergency Medicine, University of California, San Francisco note that: “Emergency physicians are trained to treat life- and limb-threatening emergencies, making it inefficient for patients with mental health, substance abuse, or dental disorders to be treated in this setting.” The study was published online August 31 in the International Journal for Quality in Health Care.

For practitioners, hospitals, and policymakers in Pennsylvania, reports like this and others raise the question: Where can these patients be best served in the community when urgent and emergency behavioral care services are not available in Emergency Departments? And also, how can communities and health care systems plan and practice whole person emergency care in an era of integrated and co-located physical and mental health care?

The number of adults in the United States aged 65 and older is expected to exceed 82 million by 2040. Approximately 16 million of these older adults will have a mental health or substance use condition and they will be turning to their primary care providers for care. Join this webinar to learn what integrated health care practitioners, especially primary care providers, need to know to be prepared to meet behavioral health needs of the older adults they serve. Learn how one primary care provider took steps to identify and address behavioral health concerns in older adults and hear how integrated primary and behavioral health care can guide patients toward healthy aging.

The SAMHSA-HRSA will host a webinar on Wednesday, February 15, at 1:00 pm on this topic of growing importance. Primary care providers and behavioral health professionals can register for free here.