Source: Open Minds

The Behaviorally-Focused Medical Home Model: Issues In Implementing This 'Best Practice' Approach For Individuals With Complex Support Needs

Learn more about the behaviorally-focused medical home - key elements in design and implementation - through a white paper and web briefing by James Schuster, M.D., Chief Medical Officer of Community Care Behavioral Health and OPEN MINDS Chief Executive Officer Monica E. Oss

GETTYSBURG, PA, PA., July 1, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Why are health care payer organizations moving to behaviorally-focused medical homes as a care coordination model? What should management teams of provider organizations consider when considering the development of a behaviorally-focused medical home model?

These questions and more are addressed in the recently released white paper, A New Approach For People With Complex Service Needs: The Behaviorally-Focused Medical Home, and will be the topic of discussion during an upcoming web briefing on July 24, at 12:30 PM EST, led by James Schuster, M.D., Chief Medical Officer of Community Care and OPEN MINDS CEO Monica E. Oss. The white paper summarizes the history of behaviorally-focused medical homes, the key elements in successfully managed behaviorally-focused medical homes, and some of the early research on medical home effectiveness.

Community Care Behavioral Health, part of the Insurance Division of UPMC (the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center) is an innovative non-profit managed behavioral health program with a wealth of experience in serving individuals with complex health care conditions and support needs – and in using the behaviorally-focused medical home model.

"The interest of payers in innovative solutions to improve the health status and reduce the resource use of individuals with chronic conditions is important – and increasing in importance as the population ages and chronic conditions consume more of our national health care budget, "said James Schuster, M.D., Chief Medical Officer for Community Care. "The behaviorally-focused medical home, also known as a health home, offers a unique interdisciplinary clinician-led team approach to delivering and coordinating care."

The executive web briefing, taking place on July 24, 2014 at 12:30 pm EST, will be co-presented by OPEN MINDS CEO Monica Oss, and subject matter expert, James Schuster, M.D., Chief Medical Officer of Community Care Behavioral Health. This 90-minute session will incorporate more details on operating behaviorally-focused medical homes, real-life stories of implementing this type of medical home, and a Q &A session with the expert speaker.

This strategic resource is now available for free download at

Registration for the web briefing is free, courtesy of Community Care Behavioral Health. More information on the web briefing and free registration is available at

For additional questions and inquiries, please contact Tim Snyder, Vice President, Marketing, OPEN MINDS at 717-334-1329 or

Community Care Behavioral Health, part of the Insurance Division of the UPMC, is a non-profit alternative in behavioral health managed care that manages behavioral health services on behalf of 39 counties and the Department of Public Welfare for over 700,000 persons with Medicaid in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Community Care's mission is to improve the health and well-being of the community through the delivery of effective, cost-efficient, and accessible behavioral health services, cost-effective, and accessible services. Learn more at

OPEN MINDS is a national health and human service industry market intelligence and management consultation firm. Founded in 1987 and based in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, the 75+ associates provide innovative management solutions designed to improve operational and strategic performance. Learn more at

Telephone: 717-334-1329
Contact: Tim Snyder, 
Vice President, Marketing