Depression screening is an important element of behavioral health integration in the patient-centered medical home. In this webinar we learned more about how this process has been successfully implemented and managed across a spectrum of patient populations - from teens to adults to medicare-eligibles, brought to you by the PCPCC Behavioral Health Special Interest Group. Featured speakers will include Jennifer Bowdoin, MS, Senior Associate, Project Management, Rhode Island Quality Institute and Gary Mirkin, MD, CEO of Allied Pediatrics of New York, PLLC. The new PCPCC guide Medicare Reimbursement for Depression Screening in Adults will also be discussed.
Jennifer Bowdoin, MS, is Senior Associate, Project Management, at the Rhode Island Quality Institute. In this role, she manages the practice transformation, care transitions, and telehealth integration projects of the Rhode Island Beacon Community Program, a 3-year, $15.9 million federally funded initiative to support the transformation of Rhode Island primary care practices into patient-centered medical homes through health information technology support and to develop the state’s ability to improve the quality and efficiency of the health care system through foundational capabilities in quality and utilization reporting. Prior to joining the Rhode Island Quality Institute, Ms. Bowdoin was the Project Manager for the Rhode Island Chronic Care Sustainability Initiative, the state’s all-payer demonstration of the patient-centered medical home, as well as an instructor of public health courses at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a health care consultant for nonprofit organizations and government agencies. Ms. Bowdoin earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges, holds a Master’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Rhode Island, and is a doctoral candidate in Public Health at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her research interests include the impact of the patient-centered medical home model of care on adults with serious mental illness, Medicaid managed care for adults with disabilities, long-term care for the elderly, and predictive modeling for adults with disabilities.
As one of the founders and the current CEO of Allied Pediatrics of New York, PLLC, Gary Mirkin, MD, FAAP, is a recognized leader in the physician community. Allied Pediatrics, which was formed approximately five years ago with approximately 30 physicians, now serves 150,000 patients and includes almost 100 physicians with 24 offices throughout Long Island, Queens, Westchester and Rockland counties. In addition to being the largest pediatric group in the country, Allied Pediatrics is recognized by the NCQA as a patient centered medical home.
Under Dr. Mirkin’s leadership, Allied Pediatrics has been recognized for its efforts in promoting wellness initiatives such as breastfeeding, weight loss and nutrition as well as pediatric mental health screening. In particular, his emphasis on early diagnosis of mental health issues through adolescent screening has helped countless young people and teens with depression and other mental health challenges. Through the TeenScreen (http://teenscreen.org/), Dr. Mirkin has identified possible mental health disorders in teens early, including thoughts of suicide, before problems worsen.
Dr. Mirkin graduated from The Ohio State University with a B.S. in Microbiology in 1979. He then went on to The Ohio State University College of Medicine, which he completed in 3 years, graduating in 1982. Dr. Mirkin completed his residency in Pediatrics at The New York Hospital-Cornell University Medical Center from 1982-1985. He has been board certified in Pediatrics since 1989, is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and has a special interest in dealing with infectious disease and autism. On November 8th, he will honored with the Healthcare Heroes Physician Hero Award by the Long Island Business News. When he is not devoting his time to his obligations as CEO of Allied Pediatrics and to his patients, Dr. Mirkin enjoys cycling. For the past four years, he has completed the 62 mile Mansion Ride for Autism and has also completed four NYC Century Bike Tours.