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Behavioral Health

Forming lasting alliances that will shape the health care system and ensure quality health care for all

A concern among the medical community is decreasing opioid adverse events, including deaths for Medicare fee-for-service high-risk patients and behavioral health risk patients. According to the National Council for Behavioral Health and the Institute of Medicine, nearly 1 in 5 Medicare beneficiaries live with one or more mental health or substance use conditions.

As the population of adults age 65 and older continues to grow, identification through screening within primary care practices is the first step to help improve the lives of Medicare beneficiaries with these conditions.

As a collaborative effort, TMF is organizing community coalitions of primary care physicians, inpatient psychiatric facilities (IPFs), hospitals, additional medical providers, partners and other stakeholders to increase the screening for opioid misuse, reduce the 30-day readmission rate and increase follow-up care for patients. Learn more about our community coalitions or email communityhealth@tmf.org.

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