Mental Health Group

Boosting Access To Mental Health Care During Pandemic and Beyond

When the AMA convened a value-based care advisory group a couple of years ago, physicians, employers and health plans had a clear message: The approach could only succeed when medicine addressed patients’ behavioral health needs adequately and universally.

It was a wake-up call, leading the AMA to establish the Behavioral Health Integration (BHI) Collaborative with seven other physician associations to help overcome obstacles to integrating behavioral and mental health care into primary care practices, Kathy Blake, MD, MPH, the AMA’s vice president of health care quality explained during a recent episode of the “AMA COVID-19 Update.”

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