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Psychiatrists call for more coordination with primary care
Clinical Psychiatry News

The American Psychiatric Association is putting out a call for much tighter integration of primary care and mental health care, saying that it will lead to better services for patients and a reduction in costs to the health system.

“Studies have shown that concurrently treating behavioral and physical conditions leads to better control of the illness itself, but also better patient satisfaction, quality of life, and reduced costs,” Dr. Jeffrey Lieberman, president of the APA, said at a briefing, sponsored by the American Psychiatric Association.

The APA released a report that shows that effective integration could save $26 billion to $48 billion a year in general medical care. The report was written by the consulting firm Milliman, which the APA commissioned to take a look at integrated care models and the potential to improve care.