American College of Physicians: Integrating Behavioral Health into Primary Care

The American College of Physicians (ACP) has released a new position paper on strategies for integrating behavioral health into primary care, reports Reuters.

Unaddressed behavioral health conditions can have a ripple effect across the health care system, leading to higher costs and poorer treatment outcomes–particularly when in conjunction with a chronic disease.

Many individuals with behavioral health needs access the health care system through primary care, creating a powerful opportunity to reach these individuals who may not have access to the care they need or whose conditions would otherwise remain untreated.

Bolstering training and tackling financial and insurance barriers are among the recommendations from the ACP committee.

The position paper appeared in the Annals of Internal Medicine.