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HITEQ Health Center Cybersecurity Defender Against the Dark WebHealth centers are increasing the integration of behavioral health in primary care, spurred by an increased focus on whole person care and additional funding. Effective use of health IT in conjunction with patient privacy and confidentiality is imperative to support behavioral health.

According to the Office of the National Coordinator, "Health information technology can help to improve behavioral health care and can further enable care coordination and integration, increase information sharing, and support prevention, treatment, and recovery activities. Access to and the exchange and use of behavioral health information as part of routine care can help to improve continuity in care services and support efforts toward achieving an interoperable health care system across the continuum."

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Using the EHR to Facilitate Integrated Behavioral Health
HITEQ Highlights: HIV Prevention and Treatment for patients with SUD in an Integrated Behavioral Health Setting

HITEQ Highlights: HIV Prevention and Treatment for patients with SUD in an Integrated Behavioral Health Setting

Join the HITEQ Center, in collaboration with the National Council for Behavioral Health, for a webinar on understanding from a beginner perspective, how to integrate HIV prevention, screening into integrated behavioral health services, including how to identify patients at risk for HIV with a focus on SUD, facilitate screening, and prompting for rescreening at appropriate intervals.

HITEQ Highlights: Documentation Tips when using the Collaborative Care Model for the Treatment of Depression and Anxiety in Primary Care

HITEQ Highlights: Documentation Tips when using the Collaborative Care Model for the Treatment of Depression and Anxiety in Primary Care

Join the HITEQ Center, in collaboration with the National Council for Behavioral Health, for a webinar on Documentation Tips when using the Collaborative Care Model for the Treatment of Depression and Anxiety in Primary Care. The webinar provided a brief overview and benefits of the collaborative care model as well as information specific to each of the main staff roles. The role-specific nuances of documentation were highlighted, including considerations for tracking data such as clinical activities accomplished with each patient during the month.

HITEQ Highlights: Enhancing the EHR for Suicide Prevention

HITEQ Highlights: Enhancing the EHR for Suicide Prevention

This webinar is the second in a series highlighting the intersection between health information technology and behavioral health services. The webinar explored key components to be built into an electronic health record in order to better address suicide prevention in health care. Decision support considerations, documentation and communication enhancements, as well as population health management strategies were discussed.

HITEQ Highlights: Launch of Webinar Series on the Role of Health IT with Integrated Behavioral Health Care

HITEQ Highlights: Launch of Webinar Series on the Role of Health IT with Integrated Behavioral Health Care

This webinar series will highlight the intersection between health information technology and behavioral health services and considerations. In the first webinar, a joint collaboration between the HITEQ Center and the National Council for Behavioral Health, we introduced the series and the planned topic areas to be covered as well as explore other suggested topics from the participants. 

Integrating Data between Primary Care and Behavioral Health Services

Integrating Data between Primary Care and Behavioral Health Services

Many health centers provide behavioral health services; others work closely with community partners who provide behavioral health services to their patients. One of the biggest challenges for health centers is determining how to integrate data between the two services. The HITEQ Center recently published the resource Utilizing and Integrating Behavioral Health Data into a Health Center’s Primary Care Services. This webinar introduced the Center for Integrated Health Solutions' Standard Framework for Levels of Integrated Healthcare and provided some guidance of how to integrate care regardless of which model of care is being provided. Dr. Rina Ramirez, Chief Medical Officer of Zufall Health, shared her experiences of integrating behavioral health data. Zufall Health which has a traditional Behavioral Health Department, recently started an Integrated Behavioral Health program within primary care, and partners with an external behavioral health organization who focuses on people with Serious Mental Illness.

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Patient Privacy and Confidentiality: 42 CFR Part 2 and Consent Management
I Provide SUD Services in an FQHC: Does Part 2 Apply to Me?
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I Provide SUD Services in an FQHC: Does Part 2 Apply to Me?

A Decision Tree from the Legal Action Center

This decision tree, developed through funding from the  Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) helps organizations determine if Part 2 of CFR 42 applies to them.

It should be noted that FQHCs will always be designated as “federally assisted” due to certified status as Medicaid providers and/or federal funding. Under 42 CFR Part 2 (hereafter referred to as “Part 2”), a patient can revoke consent to one or more parties named in a multi-party consent form while leaving the rest of the consent in effect. In a non-Health Information Exchange (HIE) environment, this can be accomplished simply by the Part 2 program indicating on the consent form or in the patient’s record that consent has been revoked with respect to one or more named parties. In an HIE environment, the revocation with respect to one or more parties should be clearly communicated to the Health Information Organization (HIO) as well as noted in the patient’s record by the Part 2 program.

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HRSA Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health Technical Assistance

HRSA Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health Technical Assistance

The HRSA Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health Technical Assistance (COE for BHTA) helps grantees integrate substance use and mental health (behavioral health) services in primary care settings.

Focus: PHI

Focus: PHI

Patient privacy and confidentiality form a crucial component of the patient-doctor treatment relationship, particularly when seeking treatment for mental health or substance use disorders. Multiple federal privacy laws, in addition to state laws, provide privacy protections for mental health and substance use disorder treatment records, while permitting communication of these records to other healthcare providers, patients’ families, and others.

Behavioral Health Integration Compendium

Behavioral Health Integration Compendium

Many health centers collaborate with external behavioral health providers or provide co-located or integrated behavioral health services within their health center. Some of the most significant challenges are determining which data to share, how to store it within the Electronic Health Record, and how to use it within primary care. This compendium of literature and resources offers some guidance related to behavioral health data integration, complete with key health center considerations for each.
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Acknowledgements

This resource collection was cultivated and developed by the HITEQ team with valuable suggestions and contributions from HITEQ Project collaborators.

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Quadruple Aim

A Conceptual Framework

Improving the U.S. health care system requires four aims: improving the experience of care, improving the health of populations, reducing per capita costs and improving care team well-being. HITEQ Center resources seek to provide content and direction aligned with the goals of the Quadruple Aim

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