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Can’t Miss Seminar for Mental Health Awareness Month: Behavioral Health Distinction

April 22, 2019 · Matt Brock

May is Mental Health Awareness Month.  And we have a seminar you can’t miss.  I’m looking at you if your work as or with:

  • Primary care, specialty and community center practice staff.
  • Integrated Delivery Networks.
  • Practice care teams.
  • Practice manager.
  • CCE’s.
  • Consultants.

You can’t miss the Best Practices in Behavioral Health Distinction Webinar on May 7 at 2pm EST.

Don’t Wait. Register Now.

Can’t Miss Information to Meet Patient Needs.

More than 44 million American adults have a mental health condition. Even more, the rate of youth experiencing a mental health condition is on the rise according to Mental Health America’s annual State of Mental Health in America Report.

Behavioral health conditions (mental illnesses, substance use disorders) often go under-diagnosed and identified late. That delays treatment, and  leads to poorer health outcomes and higher costs of care.

These conditions can often be identified and treated in a primary care setting. That means seamless care for patients. Improving treatment of behavioral health conditions, and other chronic medical conditions, results in better health outcomes overall.

How NCQA Distinction in Behavioral health helps primary care practices better integrate behavioral healthcare into their care delivery.

The Benefits of Behavioral Health Integration and Distinction

  • Stand out. Demonstrate to patients, payers and partners that your practice has the right resources, evidence-based protocols, standardized tools and quality measures in the primary care setting to support the needs of patients.
  • Improve outcomes. Distinction results in an enhanced level of care and improved access, clinical outcomes and patient experience.
  • Deliver whole-person care. Distinction helps practices provide comprehensive care that acknowledges patients’ behavioral health needs beyond the core requirements of NCQA PCMH Recognition.

Best Practices In Behavioral Health Distinction is a look at NCQA’s Behavioral Health Distinction requirements and an overview of best-practice approaches to implementation from faculty who have helped practices achieve this Distinction.

At the conclusion of the program, participants will be able to:

  • Describe Behavioral Health Distinction requirements and Q-PASS enrollment.
  • Identify challenges to behavioral health integration and opportunities for support.
  • Construct a strategy to implement Behavioral Health Distinction within different practice settings.
  • Prepare Behavioral Health Distinction for presentation to NCQA through the virtual review process

Oh, and Don’t Forget Maintenance of Certification Credit

And a bonus: This on-demand webinar provides maintenance of certification credit (2 points) under “required continuing education” for PCMH CCEs. This is a non AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM, ANA CNE, APA, ACPE and ASWB ACE activity.

Register Now.

Program Faculty

Sarah Lee, PCMH CCE has been at NCQA since 2012 and is the Assistant Director, Recognition Programs, Policy and Resources. She supports the development, maintenance and update of NCQA’s practice-level recognition and state-specific certification programs. She also focuses on providing both internal staff and external customers with the resources needed to clearly understand recognition program processes and requirements. Prior to this role, she was a manager of Government Recognition Initiatives where she oversaw the review process for federal qualified health centers and military facilities pursuing NCQA recognition. Sarah graduated from the University of California San Diego with a B.A. in International Studies, Economics. She received her M.P.A with a focus on Policy Analysis and Evaluation from The George Washington University in Washington, DC.

Amanda Ciadella, MPH, PCMH CCE, has been a PCMH CCE since 2014 and has supported practices under the PCMH 2011, 2014 and 2017 standards. Amanda joined The Verden Group in 2017 as Senior Consultant, with a focus on the Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics statewide PCMH project, where she supported over 27 practices with their PCMH goals. Her combined background in health administration and her recent work in population health management bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her clients. As Office Manager in a pediatrics practice in Crystal River, Florida, Amanda participated in a Blue Cross Blue Shield Florida pilot PCMH program and helped the practice earn NCQA Recognition. Amanda is a 2018-2019 PCMH CCE Quality Award Winner.



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