The Fall issue of the Journal takes a look into the growing need for mental health services and how it is being integrated into primary care around the state. In the feature article, Dr. Patty Gibson shares her insight into behavioral health integration as a solution to our mental health crisis, as well as shares some training options that can help physicians better address their patients emotional and mental health issues. The area of payment barriers brings to light how to offer the best access to care in a way that is financially sustainable and supported by third-party payors, and we hear from Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield about their stance on enhancing the delivery of behavioral health in Arkansas.
As Dr. Barnes mentions in his column, “No specialty is immune to matters of mental health care.” If you are looking for more education on this topic, you will want to check out The REACH Institute’s three-day CME course “Adult Behavioral Health in Primary Care” CME event on December 2-4 where you can learn how to assess, diagnose, and treat adult mental health concerns. Click here to register.
In addition to the feature article, Director of Governmental Affairs Scott Smith discusses the importance of supporting ARKMED-PAC in this political season and how you can sign up to be a Doctor of the Day for the 2023 Legislative Session.
Thank you to our advertisers for this issue. They’re linked below and we encourage all Arkansas physicians to see what they have to offer.
- State Volunteer Mutual Insurance Company – AMS endorsed medical malpractice insurance provider
- Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care
- The Friday Firm
- Darren O’Quinn Attorney at Law
- CHI St. Vincent Arkansas Neuroscience Institute
- New York Institute of Technology at A-State University College of Medicine
- First Security Bank
- BioTech Pharmacal
- Panacea Financial
- AMS Benefits
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