The Game-Changing Benefits of Integrated Behavioral Health in Chronic Care Management

As individuals with a chronic illness develop major behavioral health disorders, the need to develop efficient and effective treatment plans with a holistic focus is a growing necessity. 

 

One study found that those suffering from chronic diseases with co-occurring behavioral health disorders are $20,000 more costly to the health care system than individuals who solely require treatment for a chronic disease. 

 

Fortunately, an increased adoption of personalized, integrated, measurement-based into chronic care management efforts and programs drives positive outcomes while simultaneously reducing costs. 

4 Ways to Bring Behavioral Health Into Your Chronic Care Management Efforts

 

Your health system or plan could achieve the cost savings and improved outcomes shown above by adopting some of the below practices proven to positively enhance the effectiveness of treatment plans and elevate the consumer experience while resulting in cost savings. 

Integrate Measurement-Based Care 

Although data-driven treatment plans have been shown to support desired outcomes, prevent treatment failure, and reduce the cost of care, only 20% of behavioral health practitioners have adopted measurement-based care. Equipping your staff or provider network to properly track an individual’s progress enables your entire team to make better decisions regarding care by providing you with actionable insights that reveal what’s working along with opportunities to improve.

 

Embrace a Collaborative Approach to Care

Due to the stigma around mental health treatment and difficulty navigating provider networks, many individuals in need of behavioral health treatment go without it. Primary care providers, behavioral health specialists, and health plans who partner in a collaborative manner can provide patients with greater access to mental health treatment. This approach has been shown to improve both behavioral and physical health outcomes in patients with chronic conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, and more. 

 

Leverage Data to Guide Treatment Plans 

Care providers and teams rely on data to deliver personalized care and content through the use of digital tools and resources that result in greater patient engagement, and in turn, better outcomes and decreased costs. From mindfulness programs to cognitive behavioral therapy techniques and guided breathing exercises, designing individual, data-driven recommendations individuals can follow on their own can help to reduce stress, depression, and anxiety, and more.

 

Build Lasting Relationships Through Remote Monitoring

Those who suffer from both chronic pain and mental health issues require engagement between appointments in order to receive optimal care. Some providers and plans partner with technology companies to stay in-the-know on progress beyond or proactively provide care to more high-risk members.. As individuals complete exercises designed to promote and improve their mental health, a more comprehensive view of a person’s overall health can start to coalesce. 

 

Click below to learn more about NeuroFlow’s approach to integrated behavioral health

 

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