Thanks for the Memories

Because of construction on the new Stead Children’s Hospital, several of us have to move out of our offices for the next month. It gave me a chance to once again discover how much useless junk I can accumulate. It was enough to require a big blue bin on wheels. I’ve used it before. What […]

APM Annual Meeting 2015 Highlights: Day 5

Last day for us. Yesterday evening I attended the session “Medical Psychiatric Inpatient Integrated Care Models: History, Challenges and Benefits Shared by Four Institutions.” My colleagues Dr. Vicki Kijewski and Dr. Gen Shinozaki were presenting and moderating, respectively. It was very interesting to learn of the other methods that exist to approach the challenge of […]

Collaborative and Integrated Care: Dr. Lori Raney, M.D.

This is another perspective on the integrated care vs collaborative care definitions by an expert in the field, Dr. Lori Raney. Her perspective tend to simplify the issue. Dr. Raney was also one of those offering constructive tips on the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section of a recent Psychiatric News Alert about Integrated Care FAQs. […]

Integrated Care Marginalizing Psychiatrists or Optimizing Access to Psychiatric Treatment?

So I ran across this interesting article in the June 2013 issue of Clinical Psychiatry News about collaborative care, which showed improved response for patients suffering from late-life depression [1]. The results of a records review of Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ)-9 of 186 older adults enrolled in the Depression Improvement Across Minnesota, Offering a New […]

The Medical-Psychiatry Unit: The Moment Has Arrived

A complexity intervention unit (CIU) is a specialized inpatient unit for managing patients with complex, comorbid medical and psychiatric diagnoses as well as health care system and social issues that make it challenging to deliver the highest quality health care. I still like to call it a “medical-psychiatry unit” (MPU) even though my old teacher, Dr. Roger Kathol, prefers […]