Reimbursement presents one of the biggest barriers to integrated practices, according to John Todaro, Ph.D., who is a clinical health psychologist at Coastal Medical as well as co-owner and director of Providence Behavioral Associates in Rhode Island.

Integrated practices: Moving toward comprehensive health care

By Phyllis Hanlon

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and Health Resources and Services Administration report that some primary care offices are becoming a “gateway” for individuals who have a combination of behavioral and physical health needs. The growing prevalence of co-existing physical and behavioral challenges is prompting a closer look at integrated practices. Corey D. Smith, director of behavioral health training at the Maine-Dartmouth Family Medicine Residency Program, which trains medical doctors and nurses in collaboration with the University of New England (UNE) College of Medicine and UNE’s College of Pharmacy, pointed out that few medical conditions present without a [More]

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