New IBH Collaborative Focuses on Tele-IBH and NCQA BH Distinction 

  • 13 Apr 2021

On March 5, eleven practices met to kick off a new year-long IBH learning collaborative funded by UnitedHealthcare and the Rhode Island Foundation. Nelly Burdette, PsyD is leading the project, and Kristin David, PhD and Liz Cantor, PhD, will be serving as practice facilitators. 

The learning collaborative will focus on two objectives:  

Best Practices for Tele-IBH: With the onset of the COVID pandemic, practices have quickly pivoted to telehealth. The tele-IBH component of the learning collaborative will help practices implement IBH while offering telehealth services. A baseline assessment of tele-IBH services indicates that most collaborative practices are already doing well with tele-IBH coding and billing, documenting tele-IBH services in the EHR, and tracking tele-IBH visits. Patient education and access for those with barriers were the least developed areas in the assessment.  

NCQA BH Distinction: The learning collaborative will also support practices to work toward applying or renewing their NCQA BH Distinction. In addition to coaching from the practice facilitators, practices will also have access to a new learning module developed by CTC-RI designed to help practices understand NCQA BH Distinction. 

The following practices will be participating in the collaborative: 

  • Associates in Primary Care Medicine  
  • Anchor Medical – Lincoln Adult, Lincoln Pediatrics, Warwick and Providence 
  • Brown Internal Medicine  
  • CNEMG Family Care Center  
  • Providence Community Health Centers—Capitol, Central, Olneyville and Prairie 

We’re excited to see what projects these practices will work on over the next year!