Behavioral Health Integration

End-of-Life Care Conversations: Medicare Reimbursement FAQs External Link

Tools & Guides - January 16, 2018
Institute for Healthcare Improvement -

The changes in Medicare reimbursement policy that went into effect January 2016 provide an opportunity for more clinicians and patients to engage in conversations about preferences for care at the end of life. However, many people are confused about where to start. Whether you are uncertain about the new rules for CMS reimbursements or about starting those conversations with patients, this document will help you understand this new landscape for end-of-life care conversations.

Screening Technical Assistance and Resource (STAR) Center External Link

Tools & Guides - December 27, 2017
American Academy of Pediatrics -

Early childhood screening is an essential component of health supervision. The Screening in Practices Initiative offers information and resources, including screening recommendations, practice tools, and individualized assistance, to help pediatric health care providers implement effective screening, referral, and follow-up for developmental milestones, maternal depression, and social determinants of health. 

DAST (Drug Abuse Screening Test) External Link

Tools & Guides - December 15, 2017
SBIRT Oregon -

DAST (Drug Abuse Screening Test) is given to adults ages 18 and older when positive on the drug question on the Brief screen (in the SBIRT process). A “Full screen” that assesses consequences related to recreational drug use. Includes extra questions about types of drugs, injection of drugs, and drug treatment.

Workforce Development Part 1: Recruitment and Retention of Behavioral Health Providers External Link

Videos - November 29, 2017
SAMHSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions -

Join SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Solutions for a free recorded webinar to learn practical tools to better understand and address the key factors in identifying and retaining key behavioral health positions in health centers' integrated care settings; including core competencies, matching position duties to provider type and credentials, and avoiding staff burnout. REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

HealthInsight's Medicare Billing for Behavioral Health Screenings

Webinar  - 
Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 9:00am to 10:00am

On November 8, 2017, HealthInsight hosted a webinar on Medicare Part B billing for behavioral health screenings conducted by a billing auditor from Noridian and other experts in the field. After this webinar, your staff should be able to:

Cambridge Health Alliance Model of Team-Based Care Implementation Guide and Toolkit External Link

Tools & Guides - November 8, 2017
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) -

The Cambridge Health Alliance Model of Team-Based Care Implementation Guide and Toolkit  provides information and resources on team based care, the role of each team member, and sample huddle strategies. 

Huddle Strategies and Checklist (pg 13)

Team Huddle Assessment Tool (pg 15)

Dealing with different types of people/situations in team meeting (pg 33)

Sample Team Meeting Agenda (pg 38)

The Community Pediatrics Training Initiative Project Planning Tool: A Practical Approach to Community-Based Advocacy External Link

Tools & Guides - October 5, 2017
Association of American Medical Colleges MedEdPortal -

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Community Pediatrics Training Initiative (CPTI) project planning tool can guide health care professionals and trainees to identify and define issues, build coalitions, assess interventions, and ensure sustainability of successful programs. View this tool, developed by Benjamin D. Hoffman, MD, Jerri Rose, MD, Debra Best, MD, Julie Linton, MD, and Steven Chapman, MD.

Cheat Sheet on CMS Final Rule for 2017 Medicare Payments for Integrated Behavioral Health Services External Link

Tools & Guides - August 30, 2017
The University of Washington's AIMS Center -

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced final rules for Medicare payments for patients participating in a collaborative care program or receiving other integrated behavioral health services. This cheat sheet may be used for patients with any behavioral health condition, including substance use disorders. Medicare Advantage plans are also covered.