Behavioral health care is needed now more than ever. Due to the nationwide shortage of psychiatrists, many individuals seek mental health care from their primary care providers, many of whom lack the capacity to manage mental health conditions due to brief appointment times and the competing demands of preventative care. As a result, many refer patients to outside clinicians for behavioral health services. Unfortunately, this fragmentation makes it difficult to align mental and physical health care, which can compromise patient outcomes, particularly for those with complex needs.
Behavioral health integration addresses these challenges and breaks down care silos by bringing qualified mental health specialists directly into the primary care setting. Combining treatment for both under one roof is the premise behind the Collaborative Care Model, a measurement-based interdisciplinary, holistic approach to care that has been shown to lead to better clinical outcomes, higher patient satisfaction, and lower health care costs.
Given the imbalanced supply and demand in behavioral health care, telepsychiatry is becoming increasingly critical to bring these Collaborative Care programs to life and is an impactful way to treat the whole patient without the burden of physical co-location.
In this webinar, Collaborative Care experts will discuss strategies to improve the integration of physical and behavioral health and innovative payment models to cover the cost of care.
William Beecroft MD, DLFAPA
Medical Director Behavioral Health
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan/Blue Care Network
Dr. William Beecroft is currently responsible for the medical administration of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michigan Health Care Value Behavioral Health and Behavioral Health strategy and planning. He has been instrumental and a strong advocate for the Collaborative Care Model and has been an information source for first adopters of this model of behavioral health care case management and delivery through a primary care practice.
He is a board-certified psychiatrist, with added qualifications in geriatrics and psychosomatic medicine. Dr. Beecroft received his Doctor of Medicine from Michigan State University and subsequently completed his residency in internal medicine and psychiatry. Dr. Beecroft was named a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association in 2018.
James R. Varrell, MD
Chief Medical Officer
Array Behavioral Care
Dr. James R. Varrell is the founder and Chief Medical Officer of Array Behavioral Care and the CFG Health Network. He has been at the forefront of telepsychiatry across the nation and continues to educate the medical community regarding the benefits of telepsychiatry through various presentations and forums as a panelist and presenter.
Recent presentations have included engagements with the American Psychiatric Association, the National Rural Health Association, the American Telemedicine Association, and multiple Grand Rounds presentations. Dr. Varrell performed the nation’s first involuntary psychiatric commitment via a televideo unit in 1999. Today, Dr. Varrell still regularly performs telepsychiatry evaluations and manages a staff of telepsychiatry clinicians.
He is American Board certified in Psychiatry and Neurology, and certified in American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry with a specialty in autism.