Comorbid medical and behavioral health issues are a significant burden driving poor outcomes and high costs. Patients with behavioral health issues are better able to manage their chronic medical condition when their behavioral health issues are treated. Provider organizations realize to achieve the Triple Aim without an integrated behavioral health strategy is virtually impossible. Although there are many challenges to integration, several models are emerging and are demonstrating success.
IHI 90-Day R&D Project Fianl Summary Report: Integrating Behavioral Health and Primary Care. Cambridge, MA: Institute for Healthcare Improvement; March 2014. www.ihi.org