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POPULATION HEALTH: mental health and primary care

Changes in the health care delivery system prompted by the health reform legislation include a heightened interest in collaboration and clinical integration.  This article is a brief interview with Wayne Katon, MD, a psychiatrist, who has been a long-time advocate of integrating psychiatric care with primary care.  Dr. Katon describes a collaborative care model that relies on a care manager, a nurse or collaborative care professional, to manage the day-to-day operation of a population health management system.  The article includes a schematic showing the relationships between patient, care manager, primary care physician, and psychiatrist.  Places where this model has been implemented are mentioned.

Source: Kuehn, B.M.  Health reform, research pave way for collaborative care for mental illness.  JAMA;309(23):2425-2426, June 19, 2013.  Click here for full text free from publisher:  http://jama.jamanetwork.com/data/Journals/JAMA/927128/jmn130021_2425_2426.pdf  Posted by AHA Resource Center (312) 422-2050), rc@aha.org

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