Connecting Mental Healthcare with Primary Care to Improve Health Outcomes

August 12, 2022

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Millions of people in the US who would benefit from mental healthcare are unable to do so due to a litany of barriers to access. Integrating primary care and mental healthcare could help lower barriers and get care to more patients. However, it will take a multipronged strategy from all stakeholders to reach this goal.

According to  Gerald E. Harmon, MD, AMA Immediate Past President, “Even with a clear recognition that our primary care systems must urgently embrace a paradigm shift to stem the growing behavioral health crisis, there remain significant challenges in building clinical pathways that provide whole person care. These challenges cannot be overcome by physicians alone, and we are calling on payers and policymakers, among other industry stakeholders, to rally around a set of key solutions in partnership with physicians.”

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(Source: AMA, August 11th, 2022)

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