The WCHO hopes to improve outcomes by partnering with primary care providers and non-profit community clinics, and creating "medical homes" where these patients can receive primary and behavioral healthcare services at one site.
WCHO initiated a pilot study that provided a broad set of data from state Medicaid recipients that has allowed the organization to do some predictive modeling, and to stratify groups of consumers based on their risk profiles to improve interventions.
That background will serve him well at the WCHO, where Barrie says his biggest challenge will be Michigan's dire economic situation.
In a current research project with the University of Michigan, the WCHO is defining metrics for assigning consumers to the quadrants to test the model's ability to be used as a predictive measure of the systems capacity to address the health needs of each target population.
On the basis of these findings, the WCHO has started to fund a CMH psychiatrist and mental health professional to work side by side with PCPs in these local primary health care clinics.
The WCHO is bringing primary health care to CMH sites to address the needs of these individuals.
Researchers from The University of Michigan and staff from the WCHO have designed a health risk appraisal instrument that is keyed to assisting staff in identifying specific health risk behaviors (e.
One such technical incentive is the WCHO data warehouse.
A powerful tool in the monitoring and analysis of the WCHO model for integrated care is the WCHO data warehouse.