Principal Investigator: Kenneth Kushner, PhD

PI Department: Family Medicine

Summary of Study: The purpose of the study is to determine if there is a significant difference in the utilization and costs incurred by patients who received integrated behavioral health in their medical homes compared to patients who did not.

Objective: The intent of the study is to evaluate charge data (bills) from community health partners to ascertain the specific costs ACHC and Wingra/Northeast DFM clinic patients incurred in the larger system in hospital and emergency room care (and outpatient psychiatry). The end result of such an analysis would be evaluative in that one of the expressed intentions of the primary care behavioral health model is to keep patients out of the specialty care system as much as possible including emergency rooms and unnecessary hospitalizations.

Study Design: Review of patient data set at the Wingra and Northeast DFM clinics who were seen for treatment of a mood disorder between 2003 and 2011.

DFM Clinic(s): no clinic involvement

DFM Contact: Kenneth Kushner, PhD

Study Contact Person:
Neftali Serrano, PsyD
608-556-1027
neftali.serrano@accesshealthwi.org

Date of Approval: May 2012

Dates of Study: ongoing