A panel of behavioral healthcare executives at the Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit on Tuesday discussed how the COVID-19 crisis has pushed their companies to embrace a new normal in how they deliver quality care to patients.
The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation has expanded its telehealth-based outpatient services in the seven states where it operates facilities, with plans to soon reach all 50 states in response to COVID-19-related social distancing. A peer support services company in Ohio is also adding staff and going virtual.
Psychosocial factors are clearly important in determining health status and driving primary care visits. If we are prepared, the primacy of behavior change in health improvement could place our field on the frontlines of healthcare delivery.
The “primary care psychologist” (PC-Psy) concept springs from a newly conceived framework in which a psychologist and a primary care physician are business partners. While this depiction is not currently in existence, there are no major impediments to this PC-Psy role becoming real.
The systems of care for treating physical and behavioral health problems are vastly different in size and unequally valued both within the healthcare industry and society in general. It's time for this to change.