MORRSITOWN, NJ (Morris County)– Atlantic Health System, a not-for-profit health system providing care for more than half the state of New Jersey, parts of New York and Pennsylvania, has partnered with behavioral health infrastructure company NeuroFlow to launch and facilitate the use of the collaborative care model (“CoCM”) – known as the gold standard of integrated care models – across 16 accountable care organization (ACO) sites.
The partnership will be activated with an initial focus on migrating clinical workflows to NeuroFlow’s registry, or caseload management tool, providing care team members with the ability to track and measure patient progress in between appointments and improve resource allocation.
The initial rollout of NeuroFlow to support behavioral health screening for adult patients in the ACO will begin in June. The additional enrollment of younger patients and launch of collaborative care programs will take place in subsequent months.
“A key part of our quadruple aim is the provider’s satisfaction and additional support to their practices. Given the rising demand for behavioral health services, we were looking for a solution that could streamline behavioral health screenings, provide customized patient education and coaching, along with access to BH collaborating professionals” said Atlantic Health System Vice President of Physician Value-Based Programs and CMO, Accountable Care Organizations, Jim Barr, M.D. “The NeuroFlow platform identifies and prioritizes behavioral health concerns in our populations, collects data to help us understand the whole person, and supports management with clinical decision insights and performance frameworks.”
NeuroFlow was selected as a partner for its ease of use and dual-purpose in serving both patients and clinicians, leveraging its technology to risk-stratify populations in real-time and alert care teams about high and rising-risk patients. NeuroFlow will also provide behavioral health care managers to be embedded within Atlantic Health’s primary care setting in order to help monitor treatment outcomes. This tech-enabled approach has been proven to reduce emergency department visits by 34%.
“Technology is the force-multiplier needed to advance behavioral health care and close the care gaps that exist for patients,” said NeuroFlow Chief Medical Officer Tom Zaubler, MD. “This partnership will support the clinical team at Atlantic Health as they launch the collaborative care model and work toward improving access for their adult and pediatric patients as demand for services continues to increase.”
The partnership will initially focus on supporting 30,000 patients and will involve accountable care organizations – both AMG and independent practices from Atlantic ACO and the Optimus Healthcare Partners ACO.