AIMS Center Newsletter: Collaborations, September 2015
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AIMS Center
September 2015

 Highlighted Resources

• Discussing trauma with a patient can be difficult to do effectively and takes a trained clinician. We have adapted a few tips on how to discuss trauma with a patient during an initial assessment.

• A new COMPASS toolkit offers accessible materials for those interested in implementing a Collaborative Care model for depression plus diabetes and/or cardiovascular disease. 

A recent paper by Drs. Katzelnick and Williams explores large-scale dissemination of Collaborative Care and its implications for psychiatry.

  In the News

•  The University of Washington received an $11.7 million award to conduct the largest research trial on mental illness in rural America. The trial will compare Collaborative Care with a telepsychiatry referral model.

• Vikram Patel, PhD gives a global perspective on integrated mental health care.

• Keeping your team engaged is important to success in Collaborative Care. Glenda Wrenn, MD, MSHP discusses the keys to sustainability.

Lydia Chwastiak, MD, MPH and Benjamin Druss, MD, MPH outline opportunities for psychiatrists to use the core principles of Collaborative Care for people with SMI. 


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Caring for Patients with Past Trauma in Collaborative Care

Photo: Courtesy of John A. Hartford Foundation
Elizabeth, a patient with depression and comorbid trauma, improved because of her Collaborative Care team. Read her story.
One of the biggest misunderstandings we encounter at the AIMS Center is that Collaborative Care won’t work for people who have a history of psychological trauma. But that sentiment is far from true. >>> Read More

NCQA Depression Measures

The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality, will invite 15 health plans to participate in a Learning Collaborative

This Collaborative will explore using data from electronic data systems to report on three depression quality measures, including Utilization of the PHQ-9 to Monitor Depression Symptoms for Adolescents and Adults, Depression Remission or Response for Adolescents and Adults, and Depression Screening and Follow-Up for Adolescents and Adults. The Utilization of PHQ-9 measure was adopted in the 2016 Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS) for optional reporting by plans. The Collaborative will explore using electronic clinical data to report the measures and prepare health plans for eventual reporting for HEDIS. This yearlong Collaborative will begin in October 2015 with a kick-off meeting at the HEDIS Update and Best Practices Conference.
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