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The National Center for Integrated Behavioral Health (NCIBH) is a HRSA-funded Academic Unit of Primary Care Training and Enhancement. The mission of the NCIBH is to prepare primary care clinicians with the expertise and leadership for integrated behavioral health care.

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Teaching Matters


This month’s thought leaders are Leslie Sharpe, RN, MSN, FNP-BC and Victoria Soltis-Jarrett, PhD, PMHCNS/NP-BC, FAANP.  

Dr. Soltis-Jarrett, the Carol Morde Ross Distinguished Progessor of Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing at UNC-Chapel Hill School of Nursing, has been an Advanced Practice Nurse (CNS/NP) for over 30 years, focusing her clinical practice, educational pedagogy and scholarship on integrating behavioral health into primary, acute and long-term care settings, participatory research and community engagement. 

Leslie Sharpe is on faculty at UNC-Chapel Hill School of Nursing and is the Lead Provider at a Sylvan Community Health Center, a school-based community health center at Sylvan Elementary School in Snow Camp, NC. Her practice focus is the integration of behavioral health into primary care and educating future NPs on this model of care. For the past year, Dr. Sharpe has been a Key Member of a HRSA NEPQR grant (NP Lead-NC: IPEIC) that focuses on the practice, education and leadership of NPs integrating behavioral health into primary care.

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Dr. Soltis-Jarrett and Leslie Sharpe have collaborated for many years in a unique partnership to advance nurse-practitioner-led care delivery models of integrated primary care in primary care and train and educate the nursing primary care workforce.

“….the biggest issue has been, “how do you pay somebody?” In January 2018, CMS released billing codes that could be used, and we are in the space now that we are testing new billing codes in the FQHC. The challenge that remains is, we can’t bill two E&M codes on the same day. Policy hasn’t caught up with what we need to do to achieve high-quality care.  Primary care has been the hardest nut to crack. Every primary care site I have been to that has loved the model, asks, “how do we pay for it?” We’re hoping that the data we are collecting will help provide evidence for the value of these models. This is meeting the quadruple aim of healthcare and, at the same time, is containing costs.”

- Dr. Solstis-Jarret

Making a Difference

Heather Klusaritz sat down with two of the University of Pennsylvania’s leaders in designing educational models to train primary care residents in medication assisted treatment (MAT) care delivery. .  Robin Canada, MD is the Associate Program Director for the Primary Care Residency Program and Rani Nandiwada is the faculty lead for the opioid use disorder care in the Division of General Internal Medicine at the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania.

In response to the opioid epidemic in Philadelphia, where more than 1,200 lives were claimed by drug overdoses in 2017, Drs. Nandiwada and Canada spearheaded the development of a MAT program at the Penn Center for Primary Care. This program works collaboratively with the State of Pennsylvania-supported, Opioid Center of Excellence at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, to care for patients with opioid use disorder (OUD) in a primary care setting.

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Drs. Canada and Nandiwada are committed to expanding access to evidence-based treatment for OUD through the training primary care providers and enhancing the capacity of primary care sites to provide high-quality patient care.
“Doctors are really nervous about getting burnt out working with this population, but working with residents who are passionate about social justice and about helping patients with addiction, really makes the mornings more enjoyable. I look forward to them. Integrating education not only teaches these skills, but also helps the provider feel like going to work the next day and feel better about working with this population, and I think it’s a really nice model.”

-Dr. Robin Canada

Resource of the Month

The American Medical Association (AMA) has been at the forefront in the development of medicine since its inception in 1847. Since then, the AMA has positioned themselves to disseminate cutting-edge research aimed at improving delivery of care, provider and patient satisfaction and health outcomes.

As part of the AMA’s actions to keep up with the constant changes in today’s health care and to disseminate the AMA-RAND study, “Factors affecting physician professional satisfaction and their implications for patient care, health systems and health policy,” the STEPS Forward practice transformation series was developed. This series allows for interactivity with others who have also taken one of the modules and worked to integrate it within their own practice.  The behavioral health integration into ambulatory practice module is designed to offer guidance in embedding behavioral health into primary care practice. This module also offers the trainee CME credits upon completion of the module, a brief quiz and an evaluation. 

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What's the Buzz?

News, Conferences, and Upcoming Events




NCIBH is hosting the second in our series of webinars on June 14th at 2PM EST. The webinar will feature Dr. Parinda Khatri and Dr. Febe Wallace from Cherokee Health Systems, who will provide an overview of experimental, on-the-ground learning tools for residents in IBH, including sample cases, competencies and workflows.
More details and registration can be found here.

Our AU-PCTE partners at Northwestern’s National Collaborative to Address Social Determinants are hosting a webinar on June 20th with Dr. Paul Ravenna to discuss leveraging geospatial data resources to teach social determinants of health.
Register here

The National Quality Forum has published a playbook that provides a blueprint for high-quality, sustainable opioid stewardship. 

The Collaborative Family Healthcare Association launched SocialLink to provide members with new ways to connect and contribute to discussions online.

Collaborative for Rural Primary care, Research, Education and Practice (Rural PREP) micro research funding is available! Awards are made to encourage research by learners in rural health professions education and training.




June 14-16
Mental Health America 2018 Annual Conference: Fit for the Future
Where: Washington, DC | Website

June 21
Twitter Chat: Mental Health First Aid
How to participate

June 27-30
NAMI National Convention
Where: New Orleans, LA | Website

July 8-11 
AHEC on the Hill: Diversity, Distribution, and Practice Transformation
Where: Arlington, VA | Website

July 23
The Changing Primary Care Workforce: Building and Maintaining Effective Teams | Harvard Center for Primary Care 
Where: Boston, MA | Website

July 23-25
Philadelphia Trauma Training Conference
Where: Philadelphia, PA | Website

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