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November 10, 2011
Now Is The Time For CFHA

Now is the time for CFHA. Now is the time for collaborative care. Isn’t it time for our collaborative care revolution? Isn’t it time for us, we the collective, to occupy healthcare? CFHA is more than a conference. CFHA is a movement. We are disruptors. We are innovators. We are change.  Click here to read more.

September 5, 2012
A Labor Day Question:
  Does The American Workforce Like Or Understand American Healthcare?

How satisfied are we with our current healthcare system? How satisfied should we be?

In a recent Deloitte report, the American public does not seem to believe the hype that the US has the best healthcare system. From the Hill's Healthcare Blog:

"The survey found negative attitudes at nearly every level. For example, despite lawmakers' frequent claims that the U.S. has the best healthcare system in the world, only 24 percent of Americans view it as even among the world's best systems."...Click here to read more.

May 5, 2011
Cacophony Healthcare

Think about it. During the healthcare debate, after the healthcare debate and all in between, there have been voices whispering (or yelling) their opinion on healthcare.Nowhere is this more prevalent than in discussions around the integration of mental health and primary care. These are two worlds of healthcare delivery that are in desperate need to intersect.....Click here to read more.
January 20, 2011
The Relevancy of Relevance--Collaborative Care's Search for Maturity

In the spirit and tradition of Albert Camus, let us take a moment and dwell in the absurd. Now for you philosophy majors out there, I am not going to attempt to do justice to true absurdist philosophy, but rather take great liberties and address the field of collaborative care. Camus believed that life was absurd in that human’s constantly seek meaning from life, but have difficulty finding it. Collaborative care as a field continues to search for meaning. The ultimate question is where can the field find that meaning and is it possible to obtain this meaning?....Click here to read more.
August 3, 2010
Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

In the current redesign of healthcare, there is precious little time for meetings to discuss what should be done next. The convening of various healthcare stakeholders to Baltimore, Maryland for the URAC/HAYES Paul Wellstone Mental Health Parity Stakeholders Conference was a unique opportunity for dialogue to occur around the future of mental health. This meeting was timely and precise in its attempt to examine the impact of mental health parity on current healthcare legislation, clinical practice, and payment strategies. There were three main points that emerged from the meeting that I will briefly address.....Click here to read more.

January 26, 2010
Using Technology to Advance Collaborative Care Research

There exists an opportunity to begin to leverage technology in such a way that we can advance collaborative care in ways only imaginable before. Just as the Collaborative Care Research Network (CCRN) has started increasing the effectiveness research for collaborative care practices, new and emerging technology allows for an advancement of research with large data sets consisting of millions of patients and hundreds of practices. This is a "game changer" that our field must take advantage of to begin to make a stronger research case for collaborative care....Click here to read more.

December 31, 2009
I got mental health parity for Christmas!  Why do I feel so disappointed?

Yes, it is that time of year to look back on what we have accomplished in 2009 and begin to consider what we are going to do differently in 2010 that we didn't do in 2009 (for a real treat, read how much foreign policy has changed in the past 10 years). And we did accomplish a lot. Healthcare made it out of the House alive and out of the Senate on life support. Partisan politics showed us again why political ideologies trump the American public's views on what should be done in healthcare. Let's be honest, it is ultimately about reelection, right? But something had to be done as people are dying from lack of insurance and costs are skyrocketing!....Click here to read more.

November 20, 2009
Sometimes Change Hurts:  The Politics of Policy

I was in Kansas City this past week for a conference, and realized a travesty was occurring on Saturday, which I had no control over: My hotel did not carry CSPAN....Click here to read more.

September 23, 2009

What Potty Training Taught Me About Health Reform

A.K.A.: "Don't Write Blog Posts Too Late At Night or This is What You Get"

Now that I have your attention, let me really get down to what I want to talk about: What potty training has taught me about health reform. You see, I have a 19 month old who is experiencing the rite that we mostly all have passed (hopefully), potty training. It occurred to me that there are many principles for health reform that also apply to potty training (and vice versa). So, without being too crude let me get started...Click here to read more.

September 11, 2009
Time to Unite

It appears that the infamous "Gang of Six" are emerging with a health reform bill sometime early next week (Senate Finance Committee). Will this Bill from the Senate side be more comprehensive? Offer a public option? Many speculate that this Bill may be the one that is most likely considered as a contender in the race for health reform. The Gang of Six is an anomaly of sorts. First, they are bipartisan, and have been from the beginning. Second, they are the Finance Committee. Let's construct these two points for a moment and consider their implications....Click here to read more.

September 11, 2009
Mental Health:  Come Out, Come Out Wherever Your Are!

As the health reform debate rages, so many numbers, names, and "theories" are thrown around, we have to ask ourselves the question: "where is mental health"? You see, being a mental health professional committed to seeing the divide between mental health and physical health erased, I want to know that the next version of health "care" comprehensively addresses the needs of the whole person. So, I always make sure to try and see where mental health sits within any discussion on healthcare. To this end, I follow blogs, check certain websites, read bills, etc. to get a better sense if the artificial divide between systems will be erased....Click here to read more.

September 5, 2009
Advancing the Evidence for Collaborative Care

The case for integrating mental health services into primary care has been made. We know that primary care, the largest platform for healthcare delivery in the United States, remains the de facto mental health system. There is evidence to support combining mental health and primary care services to more comprehensively address the construct of health (mental and physical), but when making a business/policy case for such integration there is less evidence for what works and what models or elements of models should be incorporated to reach the desired health outcomes....Click here to read more.

 Ben Miller is a daily blogger at
His tweets can be followed at @miller7.
He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Colorado.
He is the President-Elect of CFHA.

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