Integrated primary care models provide systematic coordination of primary care and other services such as behavioral health care and oral health care. A growing body of research shows that integrating primary care with other services can produce positive outcomes for people with multiple healthcare needs. Integrated care models can be designed in a variety of ways depending on population health needs and the capacity of local health care organizations. Basic options include:
- Co-location of services (e.g. behavioral health, oral health within the primary care setting);
- Care coordination across settings (e.g. care coordination for mental health services, oral health services, and primary care services).
Community Health Solutions works at the community level to support the development of integrated care models. Keys to effective development include committed leadership, accurate analysis of population health needs, a culture of collaboration across clinical disciplines, and the potential for supportive payment model. In a typical engagement we the organization(s) involved:
- Define objectives for integrated care based on assessment of population health needs and organizational capabilities;
- Design an integrated care model that meets defined needs;
- Build organizational capacity for integrated care; and
- Execute for improved quality and outcomes.
We provide these supports through a combination of research, advice, technical assistance, training, and performance support. When multiple teams or organizations are involved, we offer our Practice Learning Networks solution to optimize organizational learning and execution.