A new study finds that practices using Chronic Care Models (CCMs) see improvement in mental and physical outcomes for individuals with mental disorders. These results hold true across a variety of care settings, and the study found no differences in total health care costs between the CCM and comparison models. The study finds significant effects of the CCMs on depression, quality of life (both physical and mental), and social role function. Therefore, CCMs are shown to improve outcomes without increases in total health care costs.
Based on the potential presented in this study, Chronic Care Models can be used in conjunction with the patient-centered medical home model to improve care for patients while also avoiding increases in health care costs. These outcomes are seen across health care settings (primary, specialty, and behavioral health). This study gives evidence towards the case for providing integrated primary and behavioral health care in a variety of settings.
Published in American Journal of Psychiatry, August 2012
Comparative Effectiveness of Collaborative Chronic Care Models for Mental Health Conditions Across Primary, Specialty, and Behavioral Health Care Settings: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis