A recent study (warning, the full study is pay-walled) from Chilmark Research has found care plans and care coordination particularly important for the behavioral health practitioner. The researchers write:
Because many patients receive care from a number of loosely affiliated or unaffiliated care providers, coordinated care plans facilitate communication between the parties involved in a patient’s care…[C]are plans are a key mechanism by which a person’s individual care and treatment can be developed, documented, modified and shared with everyone involved.
Further, they’re hopeful new delivery models may increase coordinated care practices between physical and mental health services:
New healthcare delivery models, such as accountable care organizations and health homes, as well as changes to healthcare financing, may enable more providers to incorporate practices that increase the integration of physical and mental health services, particularly the integration of physical health into behavioral health settings to help address the needs of individuals with [serious mental illness].
Lastly, the researchers anticipate proliferation of tools aimed at coordinated care management:
Over the next year or two, expect to see robust adoption of care management vendor solutions that utilize elements of a care plan as a key part of their workflow for a care team. Adoption of the coordinated care plan across multiple care settings will still be very much a “work in progress” though; even basic features such as sending, receiving, and compiling care plan data elements will remain limited.