News and comments for investigators, staff, advisors, collaborators and colleagues of "Integrating Behavioral Health and Primary Care for Comorbid Behavioral and Medical Problems", a large pragmatic clinical trial funded by the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).
I thought I’d give a quick update of where we are with recruiting
clinical practices. We have great Cluster Leaders and their research managers that
have been working very hard to recruit and onboard the 40 practices we need for
the study. Currently we have 9 cluster
locations from the following states:
·California (Bill Sieber)
·Georgia (Ryan Breshears)
·Kentucky (Bill Elder)
·Massachusetts (Dan Mullin)
·New York (upstate) (Kim Griswold)
·Oklahoma (Fran Wen)
·Oregon (Liz Waddell)
·Washington (Kari Stephens)
·Vermont (Rich Pinckney)
recruitment goal for the project is 40 practice sites. At present from these
clusters we have 31 practices that have meet the eligibility requirement of
having completed 4 practice Integration surveys per site and meet the scoring
criteria. There are 3 additional sites that have returned 3 responses and we
are just waiting for a 4th.
our cluster leaders have identified that there are additional practices that
they have spoken to who have expressed interest (~7). We also have been
speaking about adding another cluster or two.
next steps for the practice sites that are eligible based on their integration
survey are to complete a practice research management survey, conversations
with their Cluster Leader, local IRB approval, and contracting.
The New England Journal of Medicine published a short piece from the Centers on Medicare about the new reimbursement codes for IBH. Much of it does not apply to our model of integration (because we do not generally have a Psychiatrist involved as they require), but there is at least one payment code that is germane.