This win is most importantly a win for our patients and validates the importance of the research being conducted at Intermountain Healthcare that focuses on finding solutions that improve patient care.
"The caregivers at Intermountain are grateful to receive this recognition and award,” said Marc Harrison, MD, Intermountain president and CEO. “It honors our commitment to our patients, their families, and the communities we serve. It honors our caregivers with whom our patients trust to provide the highest quality, effective, and affordable care.”
The study, Association of Integrated Team-Based Care with Health Care Quality, Utilization, and Cost, was instrumental in winning the Prize and is published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
“For patients, the bottom line of the study is that getting care in a team-based setting where medical providers work hand-in-hand with mental health professionals results in higher screening rates, more proactive treatment, and better clinical outcomes for complex chronic disease,” says lead researcher Brenda Reiss-Brennan, PhD, APRN.
“Team-based care means providers work together to care for all chronic conditions, mental and physical. At Intermountain, 80 percent of mental health services are provided by primary care physicians, and when they’re supported by an integrated team, both they and their patients benefit,” continued Reiss-Brennan.
The study shows that delivering integrated mental and physical healthcare in team-based primary care settings at Intermountain Healthcare results in better clinical outcomes for patients, lower rates of healthcare utilization, and lower costs.