Integrating primary and behavioral care
from Christina Thielst
Mental health and substance abuse treatment have for too long been delivered separately from medical and surgical care. The reality is that medical conditions can contribute to behavioral health, and some mental health conditions co-exist with medical disease. Consider the patient with a chronic medical condition or post-surgery who becomes depressed or addicted to opioids. A few years ago there was great discussion about parity in insurance coverage for medical and behavioral health conditions, and it led to important conversations and legislation.
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