AIMS Center Newsletter: Collaborations, April 2015
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AIMS Center
April 2015

 Highlighted Resource

Patient population tracking is an important element of Collaborative Care. It tracks clinical outcomes and supports systematic changes in treatment for patients. Read our Patient Population FAQ for more information.

 Tip of the Month

Identifying champions in your organization's Collaborative Care implementation is important for success. Refer to our Implementation Guide for key functions of the planning team and implementation leader.

  In the News

Health IT Outcomes
With help from AIMS Center software, study finds that telemedicine has been shown to improve ADHD in children.

Psychiatric Services
Study finds that patients enrolled in telemedicine-based Collaborative Care reported fewer medication side effects than practice-based Collaborative Care.

Psychiatric News
Jürgen Unützer gives a heartfelt tribute to the late Wayne Katon, Collaborative Care pioneer. 


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Heartbreak and Lessons Learned in Collaborative Care

The AIMS Center examines the reasons why some Collaborative Care implementations are unsuccessful.
Implementing effective mental health services in primary care is hard. The AIMS Center has witnessed this repeatedly through our work helping clinics implement Collaborative Care, a chronic care model adapted for mental health. In our experience, clinics committed to measurement-based mental health care find solutions to the inevitable challenges inherent in practice change, but some clinics falter along the way. Examining why yields useful lessons that future clinics can use to improve their chances of success.  >>> Read More

AIMS Welcomes New Member

Last month, the AIMS Center hired Anne Shields, MHA, RN. She has spent years working in public health, integrated care and primary care operations. She comes to our team with vast knowledge of the integrated care landscape. Eight years ago, she was a pivotal player in the launching and creation of the Mental Health Integration Program while she was at Public Health Seattle – King County. She spent two years at the Department of Health, where she supported the Washington State Patient-Centered Medical Home Collaborative, a joint project with the Washington Academy of Family Physicians. Most recently, Anne has worked as a consultant on Affordable Care Act Section 2703 Health Homes programs and developed transitional care services for Medicaid populations. Anne is now settling into her role as Assistant Director for Translation & Implementation helping to launch new implementations and supporting sustainability in existing ones. We are excited to have Anne on our team and look forward to learning from her experiences in healthcare.
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