July 01, 2016
by ali

July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, and Alliant Health Solutions is working to ensure high-quality care for all of the populations we serve.

Living with a mental health condition can be an ongoing challenge, however, minorities in America face additional obstacles when seeking mental health treatment. According to the National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMH), these obstacles include less access to treatment, higher levels of stigma surrounding their condition and poorer quality of care.

Alliant Health Solution’s division, Alliant Quality, is the Quality Innovation Network – Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) serving the Medicare community in Georgia and North Carolina. And, in these two states, minorities make up nearly a quarter of the Medicare population.

To help ensure the quality and efficiency of mental health care, and to address disparities in the care beneficiaries receive, Alliant Quality has been tasked with the following objectives:

  • increase the annual screening rate in primary physician practices to better identify depression and alcohol abuse disorders
  • improve care transitions as patients are discharged from inpatient psychiatric facilities

After assembling a learning and action network (LAN) of medical experts, community partners, and local stakeholders to deliver educational materials and guidance, Alliant Quality began implementing an intervention plan. We recruited 400 primary care practices and 10 inpatient psychiatric facilities across Georgia and North Carolina to participate in our behavioral health quality improvement initiative. Participating providers are learning how to increase efficiencies, reduce costs and improve the overall quality of care for behavioral patients.

It is our goal to help ensure high-quality, appropriate and efficient health care for all. To learn more about National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month and the importance of health care equity, visit NAMH’s website