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Northern New England Project ECHO: Perinatal Addiction
Great new learning opportunity for NH perinatal and pediatric providers as part of our partnership with Maine and Vermont: Project ECHO: Continuity of Care for Substance Use and Exposure during the Perinatal Period program.
Project ECHO was developed more than a decade ago at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center to help improve access to care for complex chronic health conditions by building capacity through virtual education and training of local primary care providers and practice teams who wish to improve their skills in managing and treating complex health conditions.
Partners from New Hampshire, Maine, and Vermont collaborate to provide teleECHO™ sessions, where experts mentor and share their expertise across a virtual network via case-based learning, enabling primary care practice teams to treat patients with complex conditions in their own communities.
Initiative staff to present at Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Annual Quality Conference on February 12-14, 2018
Initiative staff will represent the Northern New England Practice Transformation Network (NNE-PTN) at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services annual Quality Conference February 12th – 14th.
NNE-PTN's Maine Quality Counts (MQC) was chosen from 31 PTNs across the country to present MQC’s practice performance story on “reducing unnecessary tests and procedures,” chosen by peers and national TCPi faculty. The conference expects 2,500 attendees along with CMS leadership.
NH Pediatric Improvement Partnership Publishes ADHD Report
The NH Pediatric Improvement Partnership conducted a survey of primary care physicians in 2016 to gauge their practice patterns, comfort level, and support needs relative to caring for pediatric patients with ADHD and/or co-occurring disorders.
New Telehealth and mHealth Publication
Telehealth and Mobile Health Applied to Integrated Behavioral Care: Opportunities for Progress In New Hampshire
A collaborative between UNH and the NH Citizens Health Initiative finds Telehealth and mobile health improve access to behavioral health care in our state.
As integrated behavioral health efforts in New Hampshire gain traction, clinicians, administrators, payers, and policy makers are looking for additional efficiencies in delivering high quality healthcare; telehealth and mobile health (mHealth) have the opportunity to help achieve this while delivering a robust, empowered patient experience.
Initiative's Behavioral Health Integration Learning Collaborative Releases Report
New Hampshire residents will benefit from a health care system that integrates behavioral health into primary care, according to a report released by the University of New Hampshire’s Institute for Health Policy and Practice (IHPP) and the New Hampshire Citizens Health Initiative (NHCHI).
The learning collaborative also included the identification and exploration of challenges in payment for substance use disorder screening and treatment. According to the report, the state’s current opiate epidemic highlights the need for better screening for behavioral health issues, prevention and treatment referral in primary care.
The research, conducted in partnership with 60 organizations, is based on a philosophy of shared data and shared learning that emphasizes the importance of transparency across all stakeholder groups.
Twenty-five to 30 percent of visits for primary medical care either originate from or have a significant related behavioral health component. Research also found that depression and anxiety with a co-occurring chronic medical condition increase costs dramatically.