Making Together Work: Policy Solutions for Integrating Care

Making Together Work: Policy Solutions for Integrating Care

Integrated health care (IHC) — the coordination of primary/physical and behavioral health care — is widely regarded as best practice and as essential to achieving the triple aim of patient experience of care, population health and decreased cost. In spite of substantial evidence for the efficacy of integrated health care, significant barriers to its implementation exist.  Foremost among these are financing and preparation of providers to practice in IHC settings. 

Regarding financing, traditional fee-for-service reimbursement is generally not conducive to the provision of the team-based care required for IHC. In addition, funding streams for mental health, substance use and other health issues are rarely integrated. Regarding provider preparation, traditional training programs for both medical and behavioral health professionals do not generally prepare providers to practice as part of a multidisciplinary team. This event launched a major collaborative initiative to develop and implement consensus recommendations to improve both financing and provider preparation for IHC in Texas.

This event was sponsored by the Baker Institute Center for Health and Biosciences in conjunction with Mental Health America of Greater Houston. A video recording of the event can be viewed at the bottom of this page.


8:30 am  –  Registration and continental breakfast

9:00 am  –  Welcoming remarks

                   Vivian Ho, PhD
                   James A. Baker III Chair in Health Economics  
                   Director, Center for Health and Biosciences
                   Baker Institute for Public Policy

9:15 am  – Panel Discussion


                   Elena M. Marks, JD, MPH

                   President and Chief Executive Officer, Episcopal Health Foundation
                   Nonresident Fellow in Health Policy, Baker Institute for Public Policy


                   David S. Buck, MD, MPH
                   Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine
                   President, Healthcare for the Homeless – Houston

                   Octavio N. Martinez Jr., MD, MPH, MBA, FAPA
                   Executive Director, Hogg Foundation for Mental Health

                   Kenneth Minkoff, MD
                   Director of Systems Integration, The Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute

                   McClain Sampson, PhD
                   Assistant Professor, University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work

                   Steven B. Schnee, PhD
                   Executive Director, MHMRA of Harris County

                   Jair C. Soares, MD, PhD
                   Professor and Chair, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
                   The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Medical School

10:45 am – Break

11:00 am – Introduction to the IHC Systems-Change Initiative







Thu, Aug. 13, 2015
9 a.m. - noon
(GMT-0500) US/Central

Event has ended


James A. Baker III Hall, Rice University
6100 Main Street
Houston, Texas 77005
United States