Collaborative Care for Depression and Comorbid Medical Conditions

Online Course | Specialties: Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Primary Care, Psychiatry
Released: 6/7/2021
Expires: 6/6/2022
Max Credits: 0.5

Gary R. Maslow, MD
Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Co-Director of Child and Family Mental Health and Developmental Neurosciences
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing
Duke University School of Medicine
Durham, NC
Activity Planners
Amy Burdette, PhD
Manager, Educational Strategy & Content
Baltimore, MD

Jane Frutchey, MS
Managing Editor
Baltimore, MD

Samantha Gordon, MS
Accreditation Manager
Baltimore, MD

Amy Sison
Director of CME
Baltimore, MD

Debra Gordon, MS
Highland Park, IL  
Learning Objective
Upon completion, participants should be able to:

  • Explore the collaborative care approach, including its core components, evidence base, and strategies to integrate the model into practice for the treatment of depression and comorbid medical conditions 

Target Audience
This activity is intended for primary care physicians, pediatricians, psychiatrists, neurologists, and psychiatry-focused nurse practitioners and physician assistants.
Statement of Need
In recent years, nearly 1 in 5 adults, or 51.5 million, lived with a mental health illness in the United States (US), yet only about one-half received mental health treatment. Depression is one of the most common comorbid conditions that occurs with physical illnesses such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, and metabolic, autoimmune, and neurologic conditions. The presence of depression significantly complicates the management of comorbid conditions, resulting in high overall healthcare costs and poor patient outcomes. There has been a shift in reimbursement models from volume-based care to value-based reimbursement, including in the realm of behavioral and mental health, which has faced challenges in delivering quality-based care. Given the cost and prevalence of the disease, depression outcomes are now a part of the value-based landscape and tied to performance measures.

To improve the quality of behavioral healthcare, collaborating with providers and coordinating care, delivering more patient-centered care, developing and reporting quality measures for behavioral health, and improving information technology were recommended and became the foundation of the collaborative care model (CCM). Studies have found that the CCM improves the quality of care delivered while increasing patient satisfaction and medication adherence. The CCM is a useful pathway to effectively manage and improve depression and comorbid health conditions while lowering healthcare costs and improving patient outcomes.

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This activity was developed by Med-IQ in collaboration with Duke Health.
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Med-IQ designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Medium/Method of Participation
This CE activity consists of a 0.5-credit online publication. To receive credit, read the introductory CE material, read the publication, and complete the evaluation, attestation, and post-test, answering at least 70% of the post-test questions correctly.  
Initial Release Date: June 7, 2021
Expiration Date: June 6, 2022
Estimated Time to Complete This Activity: 30 minutes

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Disclosure Statement
The content of this activity has been peer reviewed and has been approved for compliance. The faculty and contributors have indicated the following financial relationships, which have been resolved through an established COI resolution process, and have stated that these reported relationships will not have any impact on their ability to give an unbiased presentation. 

Debra Gordon, MS
Ownership interest (stocks/stock options – excluding mutual funds): AbbVie, Merck & Co., Inc.

Gary R. Maslow, MD
Contracted research: Pfizer, Inc.

The peer reviewers and other activity planners have no financial relationships to disclose. 
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