Alliant Quality, the Quality Innovation Network - Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) for Georgia and North Carolina, has been awarded a new project by the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Improving Identification of Depression and Alcohol Use Disorder in Primary Care and Care Transitions for Behavioral Health Conditions.
Our goal is two-fold:
1. Increase the annual screening rate in primary physician practices for the identification of depression and alcohol use disorders and
2. Increase the rate of follow-up in behavioral health after inpatient psychiatric stay, thereby reducing readmissions.
Alliant Quality has developed a learning and action network (LAN) of medical experts, community partners, physician practices, health care entities and other stakeholders to disseminate best practices and improve the quality of behavioral health identification, intervention, referral and follow-up. To support this strategy, we provide monthly "Quickinars" (30 minute CME/CNE webinars) and free onsite technical assistance for implementation and sustainability. Organizations participating in these projects will learn how to gain efficiencies, reduce costs and improve overall quality of care.