AIMS Center Newsletter: Collaborations, February & March 2016
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AIMS Center
February & March 2016

  Recent Publications

• Recent study finds patients treated with Collaborative Care had shorter times to remission than patients treated with usual care. (2016).

• New study findings suggest that early patient follow-up is key to improve depression outcomes. (2015)

• Study shows that patients receiving measurement-based care improved more quickly than patients receiving usual care. (2015).

• A review of evidence for routine depression screening in adolescents found Collaborative Care was associated with higher response rates. (2016).

  In the News

• Joseph Cerimele, MD, MPH, discusses the treatment of bipolar disorder in primary care settings. 

• The American Psychiatric Association received a grant to train 3,500 psychiatrists in Collaborative Care.

• The Kennedy Forum published their second issue brief calling for measurement-based care in the delivery of behavioral health services.


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New Guide Available for Collaborative Care Teams

A new book, Integrated Care: Creating Effective Mental and Primary Health Care Teams, provides the first comprehensive guide for teams to integrate effective mental health care into primary care clinics.

The guide includes practical information, skills, and clinical approaches needed to implement Collaborative Care, an evidence-based model of integrated care developed at the University of Washington. Importantly, it provides a common resource and framework for all members of the care team including care managers, psychiatrists, primary care providers, and administrators.  
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Preparing for New HEDIS Depression Metrics

Measurement-based care is a framework in which validated symptom rating scales and screening tools are routinely used in clinical practice to inform treatment decisions and adjustments. This approach to care has recently made significant strides nationally with the adoption of depression care measures in the National Committee for Quality Assurance's 2016 Healthcare Effectiveness Data Set.

The AIMS Center explains the impact of these measures and how they could change the way your organization practices health care
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