AUCH Quarterly Face-to-Face Meetings


Primary care is the main point of access to care for all healthcare, including behavioral health conditions—central stage to the complex and bidirectional interplay between medical and mental health disorders, health behaviors, and social determinants of health. With 50% of patients experiencing a behavioral health need at the point of care, primary care practices are afforded a unique opportunity to re-think how care is delivered by treating the behavioral health needs at the point of care. When a primary care provider approaches a behaviorist about a patient in need of consultation, this is an opportunity to say, “Yes, we can.”

So, what does this look like?

Through AUCH’s Integrated Care Learning Collaborative, AUCH is partnering with Cherokee Health Systems to offer valuable training on the implementation steps, workflows, financing, and sustainability of behavioral health integration. Known across the country as being one of the nation’s leading best-practice programs in the integration of behavioral health and primary care services, Cherokee Health Systems through the Integrated Care Learning Collaborative will cover:

  • Integrated Care Models
  • Workforce and Supervision
  • Tactical Planning
  • Outcome Measures
  • Workflow
  • Integrated Electronic Records
  • Financial Models
  • And More!

Integrated care is “the care that results from a practice team of primary care and behavioral health clinicians, working together with patients and families, using a systematic and cost-effective approach to provide patient-centered care for a defined population. This care may address mental health and substance use conditions, health behaviors (including their contribution to chronic medical illnesses), life stressors and crises, stress related physical symptoms, and ineffective patterns of health care utilization.” Health Centers are looking at different models of integrating behavioral healthcare services into their primary care settings to support care teams in the detection, early intervention, and improved management of mental health and substance use conditions at the point-of-care.

An integrated system is flexible and dynamic and continuously evolving, and this is an opportunity to explore how to transform patient care so that when a patient walks into your clinic, your care teams have an opportunity to organize and synchronize all elements of care to address the specific needs of each patient at that visit.

Whether you are new to the Integration journey, or a seasoned pro on the Integration continuum, please join us as we continue to explore what that journey looks like for you, your team, and your patients.


2018-2019 SCHEDULE   

January/February 2019


When: January 30-31, 2019

Where: Utah Cultural Celebration Center, West Valley City, Utah

Overview: The Primary Behavioral Health Integrated Care Training Academy provides training in effectively blending primary and behavioral healthcare through organizational and clinical leadership, clinical model development and practice, operational implementation, and financing guidance. Training includes an overview of effective organizational and clinical models of integrated care as well as guidance on the “nuts and bolts” of primary behavioral integration in community health. The Academy also offers an opportunity to bring together and create a community of people and organizations who are developing and implementing innovative practice systems in healthcare.

About Cherokee Health: Cherokee Health Systems’ is a health center grantee, and our goal is to serve patients at their point of need in their own communities. A phrase we often say is “we go where the grass is browner.”  This simply means that we place our services in areas of need rather than in areas of potential profit. Currently, we operate 24 rural and urban clinics in 13 Tennessee counties, in addition to numerous on-site and tele-health services provided in many area school systems.

Tentative Agenda:

Day 1:

8:00 am:  Welcome and Introductions - Joel Hornberger, MHS

8:30 am:  Video: Unlearning How to Ride a Bike - Joel Hornberger

8:40 am:  Blending Behavioral Health and Primary Care: BHC Integrated Care and the Behaviorally Enhanced Patient-Centered Medical Home*

9:30 am:  Achieving Population Health through Integrated Care - Cherokee Health Systems Behavioral Health Consultant (BHC)

10:15 am:  Break

10:30 am:  Integrated Care Operations - Joel Hornberger

12:00 pm:  Lunch (on-site)

1:00 pm:  Navigating Common Challenges in Primary Care - Cherokee Health Systems BHC

2:00 pm:  Integrated Care Financing/Coding and Value-Based Contracting - Joel Hornberger

3:00 pm:  Break

3:15 pm:  Breakout Session: Clinical Case Studies - Cherokee Health Systems BHC

                Breakout Session: Operations and Finance Case Studies - Joel Hornberger                 

4:15 pm:  Q&A/Discussion - Cherokee Health Systems BHC and Joel Hornberger 

5:00 pm:  Review and Adjourn - Joel Hornberger


Day 2:

8:00 am:  Review of Day 1 - Joel Hornberger and Cherokee Health Systems BHC

8:15 am:  The 30-Minute Consult: BHC Skills Demonstration - Cherokee Health Systems BHC

9:00 am:  BHC/PCP Panel Discussion (teleconference) - BHCs/PCPs in Knoxville

10:30 am:  Break

10:45 am:  Integrated Care Execution: Making It Happen - Joel Hornberger                                                           

12:00 pm:  Lunch

1:00 pm:  A Day in the Life of a BHC - Cherokee Health Systems BHC

2:00 pm:  Facilitated Discussion: Where Do We Go From Here? - Joel Hornberger and Cherokee Health Systems BHC

3:00 pm:  Adjourn


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When: February 1, 2019 

Where: Utah Cultural Celebration Center, West Valley City, Utah


8:00am-8:30am:    Registration and Breakfast

8:30am-10:00am:  Peer Group Roundtables

10:00am-10:15am: Break

10:15am-12:00pm: Peer Group Trainings & Workgroups

12:00pm-12:30pm: Networking Lunch 

12:30pm - 2:00pm: State and Federal Policy Update

2:00pm: Adjourn 


May 2019


When: May 16-17, 2019 

Where: Utah Cultural Celebration Center, West Valley City, Utah

May 16th - Integrated care clinical topics and case studies to reinforce Cherokee Health Integrated Care Learning Academy topics/content. (Cherokee Health Systems)

May 17th - Integrated care operations and finance/billing topics and case studies to reinforce Cherokee Health Integrated Care Learning Academy topics/content. (Cherokee Health Systems)


August 2019 (TENTATIVE, subject-change)

Where: Utah Cultural Celebration Center, West Valley City, Utah

8:00am-8:30am:     Registration and Breakfast

8:30am-10:00am:   Peer Group Roundtables

10:00am-10:15am: Break

10:15am-12:00pm:  Peer Group Trainings & Workgroups

12:00pm-12:30pm:  Networking Lunch

12:30pm-2:30pm:    INTEGRATED CARE LEARNING COLLABORATIVE- Cherokee Health Systems

      • BHI Operations/Finance Case Studies, continued

2:30pm-2:45pm:       Break

2:45pm-3:45pm:       INTEGRATED CARE LEARNING COLLABORATIVE- Cherokee Health Systems

      • BHI Operations/Finance Case Studies, continued

3:45pm-4:00pm:        Wrap up/adjourn: Next steps  


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