2. Rural Challenge. 1. Making the DiagnosisRequires team of family, school, primary care physician and patient.PCPs diagnose psycho-social problems in 19% of visits. (Koppelman, 2004)Specialty consult obtained for 50% of these cases.2. Urgent CareUsually the primary care office or the ER.3. Continuity and maintenance care.Requires integration of family, school, primary care physician, mental health specialty support. .
1. 1 Childhood Mental Health: Strategies for Rural NYS 9/10/07 Thomas C. Rosenthal MD
Director: NYS AHEC System
Editor: Journal of Rural Health
Professor and Chair
UB Dept of Family Medicine
2. 2 Rural Challenge 1. Making the Diagnosis
Requires team of family, school, primary care physician and patient.
PCPs diagnose psycho-social problems in 19% of visits. (Koppelman, 2004)
Specialty consult obtained for 50% of these cases.
2. Urgent Care
Usually the primary care office or the ER.
3. Continuity and maintenance care.
Requires integration of family, school, primary care physician, mental health specialty support.
3. 3 Rural Need Rural Pediatric Mental Health Visits
5% of child ER visits are for MH (rural ~ urban).
10% of psychiatric ER visits are children. (Hartley, 2005)
Childhood mental health ER visits ?102%. (Shah, 2006)
Only 1 in 5 children receive definitive care. (Rosenkranz, 2006)
Rural adolescent rates of anxiety, depression, thought problems, attention problems, delinquency, substance abuse and aggressive behavior are equivalent. (Hartley, 1999)
Suicide is higher in rural America. (Hartley, 1999)
Only 79% of Rural US Counties have mental health services. (Hartley, 1999)
4. 4 Agricultural Worker’s Need Needs somewhat unique to farming
5. 5 Solutions: Integrated Care (PCP) Mental Health Care in Primary Care
Mental and physical health are indivisible.
50% of patients refuse referral. (Olfson, 1991)
PCPs deal with mental symptoms as part of a larger, more general problem:
Mental symptoms are concentrated in patients who visit their PCP for other reasons.
Mental health symptoms are imbedded in a matrix of physical symptoms.
The Rural PCP remains “stuck” with difficult patients.
Limited opportunity for “passing” the patient onto specialty care. (Farley, 1998)
Any problem not dealt with in the Rural PCP’s office is unlikely to be dealt with at all. Any problem not dealt with in the Rural PCP’s office is unlikely to be dealt with at all.
6. 6 Disease and Illness
7. 7 Bio-physiological Mechanism Primary Care Model of Disease Here I have tried to simplify the mechanics of primary care.Here I have tried to simplify the mechanics of primary care.
8. 8 Why Primary Care? (PCP) “Distress” brings patients into the PCP Office
An emotion that may arise out of physical or mental trigger.
10-20% of people visit a PCP for a mental health problem each year.
26% have a DSM diagnosis. (deGruy, 1996)
50% of high utilizers have significant distress.
8-15% of PCP Pediatric contacts are for psycho-social problems. (Costello, 1987)
Team Care is inherent to Primary Care. (Rosenthal, 2001)
9. 9 Why Primary Care? (PCP) Mind/Body Integration:
Americans accept the inter-relationship of mind and body more than clinicians. (Wolsko, 2004)
88% of patients accept management of mental illness by their primary care physician. (Smith, 2003)
Patients expect their PCP to facilitate referrals and consultations. (Rosenthal, 1991)
Patients expect PCPs to continue participation in their care after referral. (Rosenthal, 1996)
10. 10 Solutions: Expand the Team Advance Practice Psychiatric Nurses:
Clinical outcomes of high quality.
Both diagnosis and treatment (Merwin, 1995)
Licensed with prescription authority in NYS.
Their holistic framework is essential for rural practice.
9.6% of NY’s APPNs practice in rural NY. (Hartley, 2004)
8% of NYS is considered rural.
There are 40 APPNs in rural NYS as of 2004.
Most training programs do not include rural experiences. (Hartley, 2004)
11. 11 Integrate Care: Examples Chevy Version Bag Lunch Model:
Letchworth Family Medicine, Perry, NY
Established in 1978 as a solo (fee-for-service) practice.
Now has 3 Family Physicians and 2 NPs.
Friday noon lunch in PCP office:
The physicians, NPs and nursing staff.
Clinical psychologists, MHSWs from county mental health office and private practices in county.
Agenda: 1) referred cases, 2) problem cases, 3) medically complicated cases, 4) un-referrable cases.
Enhanced number of referrals, fewer visits per referral, greater patient satisfaction, greater professional comfort. (Rosenthal, 1990)
12. 12 Integrate Care: Examples Buick Version Tount, Texas (Federally Qualified Health Center est 1993.)
Step 1: Established grant funded Family violence intervention program.
Step 2: Hired Clinical Psychologist (CP) initially supported by grant.
Step 3: Weekly Office PCP, CP and Staff conferences focusing on patient care.
Step 4: Referrals to CP expanded to other diagnoses.
Step 5: Patient billings evolved to support CP.
Step 6: Grant funding was no longer needed. (Farley, 1998)
13. 13 Integrate Care: Examples Cadillac Version Inter-professional Partners for Appalachian Children (IPAC)
Assessment and comprehensive treatment of behavioral and developmental needs of children ages six and under
19 university and community health care organizations in Appalachian Ohio participate.
Access is through PCPs and schools.
Primary physicians, psychologists, counselors, early child mental health professionals, nurses, educators, and hearing and speech-language pathologists from within the partnership.
“No matter what door you enter, someone is going to take a look at your child’s broad developmental needs,”
14. 14 Integrate Care: Examples Systems Approach ~44 Child visits/yr/fp for psychosocial Issues.
FP sees 102 patient visits/wk 46 weeks a year.(~4,600 visits/year).
19% (890) of FP visits are patients <19 yoa.
5% of pediatric visits are psychosocial.
Swedish Sarcoma Model for non-common conditions.
Regionalize systems approach.
Connect specialty surgical centers to office based PCP practice.
In-office “Academic” detailing.
Regular “single message” teaching brochures.
Improved outcomes and lowered recurrance rates by 2/3rds. (Gustafson, 1994)
15. 15 Why doesn’t the ideal just happen? Competing Demands Competing demands confound PCP visits:
Most pts have psychosocial and physical co-morbidities.
They present new problems at every visit
Long problem lists interfere with providing prevention and treatment of chronic disease. (Jaen, 1994)
“The attention depression gets during a visit is less associated with the severity of the patient’s emotional symptoms than with the number of other problems the patient has.” (Rost, 2000)
16. 16 Strategies: Bringing the PCP Into the Team 1. In-Office Training: Treatment of Child Pscyho-social conditions:
6 hours proved feasible and acceptable to all FPs in study.
93% FPs believed that learning were achieved.
82% felt more confident in care of complex patients. (Morriss, 2006)
Specific diagnoses were not essential to management. (Clark, 2006)
Lowers use of medications. (Salmon, 2006)
17. 17 Strategies: Bringing the PCP Into the Team 2. Re-imbursement:
Dual Diagnosis Medical management fee:
~$5/month per patient per PCP. (Gold Choice)
Saves $1m for every 1,000 enrollees. (Rosenthal, 1996)
3. Specialty communication:
NY Statewide Tele-psychiatry Task Force (www.hysarh.org)
Electronic transmission of EMR note.
Visits with urban based specialists as needed.
Tailored specialty/PCP interaction according to patient needs and PCP participation.
18. 18 Strategies: Bringing the PCP Into the Team 4. Guided Pharmacologic Care:
85% of prescriptions for psychotropic meds in children are written by Pediatricians and Family Physicians. (Koppelman, 2004)
Use of stimulants (i.e. Ritalin) for ADHD
Use of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) for depression.
Use of clomipramine + fluvoxamine for obsessive-compulsive disorders. (Greenhill, 1999; Emslie, 1999)
5. Support for Psychosocial Interventions.
PCP encourages and facilitates family participation. (Dore, 2005)
Combined medical and cognitive care works best. (March, 2004) In 2002 AAP created a subspecialty called developmental and behavioral pediatrics. (Koppelman, 2004)In 2002 AAP created a subspecialty called developmental and behavioral pediatrics. (Koppelman, 2004)
19. 19 Strategies: Bringing the PCP Into the Team 6. Case Management:
Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurses
Mental Health Social Workers
Special service agencies
7. School performance:
Semi-annual case conferences required.
Each member of team may bill the equivalent of an office visit for each patient conference.
20. 20 Solutions: Integrated Care (PCP) Key Feature: Case Management at Multi-levels.
Overall Costs are significantly less. (Baldwin, 1993)
Specialty and social services cost the same.
Emergency and inpatient care costs were much lower.
Outcomes measures better. (Schulberg, 1995; Katon, 1995)
Most of the data is from adult care.
Clinical Care Pathways develop. (Bertram, 1996)
Specialty consultation is distributed.
Impact is expanded to more patients.
European model of health care. (Rosenthal, 2000) There is no reason to believe pediatric care would be different.
There is no reason to believe pediatric care would be different.
21. 21 New York State AHEC System www.AHEC.buffalo.edu NYS AHEC can facilitate in distribution, identification and education of services.NYS AHEC can facilitate in distribution, identification and education of services.
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28. 28 Suicide Rates in Rural America NY Times article:
Social Isolation, Guns and a Culture of Suicide. February 13, 2005.
Byline: Fox Butterfield.
“Americans in small towns and rural areas are just as likely to die from gunfire as Americans in Major cities. The difference is in who does the shooting.”