High Country Behavioral Health is excited to announce that we are adopting an integrated healthcare model into our behavioral health organization. This means we plan to provide both medical and behavioral healthcare under one roof, at each of our locations. As of July 2023, we are providing integrated health care in our Idaho Falls, Pocatello, Douglas, and Evanston locations, with Lyman and Kemmerer locations soon to follow. We will continue to add medical providers to our behavioral health practices until we can offer integrated medical and behavioral health services to all clients, throughout our service areas.
You may be wondering – what exactly is “integrated healthcare” and how can it help me?
Let’s start by clarifying what “behavioral health” is, before diving into integrated health care. Behavioral health includes the emotions and behaviors that affect your overall well-being. It is sometimes called mental health, and at our organization, it also includes substance use. Behavioral healthcare is what High Country Behavioral Health, and its team of licensed providers, have been providing to our rural communities in Wyoming and Idaho since 1986.
Integrated healthcare is a model of care that brings together physical and behavioral health providers to deliver coordinated, patient-centered care. This approach recognizes that physical and behavioral health are interconnected, and that addressing both is essential for the best health outcomes.
The benefits of integrated healthcare are particularly evident for people with behavioral health conditions. Behavioral health conditions are often accompanied by physical health problems, and vice versa. For example, people with depression are more likely to have chronic health conditions such as heart disease and diabetes. Integrated care can help address these interconnected health problems, which can lead to improved overall health and well-being.
There are many benefits to integrated healthcare, including:
Integrated healthcare is a promising approach to delivering high-quality, cost-effective care. There is a growing body of evidence that supports the benefits of integrated healthcare, and it is an approach that is increasingly being adopted by healthcare providers around the world. We are excited to be a part of this growing trend.
A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that integrated healthcare can lead to significant improvements in client health outcomes. The study found that clients who received integrated care were less likely to be hospitalized, had lower rates of emergency room visits, and had better quality of life.
Another study, published in the journal Health Affairs, found that integrated healthcare can lead to cost savings. The study found that integrated care can save an average of $1,200 per client per year.
The benefits of integrated healthcare are clear. This model of care can improve the quality of care, reduce costs, and improve the client’s experience. As more healthcare systems adopt integrated healthcare, we can expect to see even greater benefits for clients.
In addition to the general benefits of integrated healthcare, there are also specific benefits to integrating medical and behavioral health services. These benefits include:
Integrated healthcare is a promising approach to providing high-quality, cost-effective care. By bringing together medical and behavioral health services under one roof, we hope to improve the health and well-being of our clients.
However, we would like to make it clear that clients can receive one service without the other. We are simply offering integrated healthcare as an option and as a benefit to our clients, but both medical and mental healthcare are available separately. Our clients are under no obligation to receive both services from us.
For more information on our integrated healthcare services, reach out to your nearest HCBH location.
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