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This article outlines the partnership between the University of Washington (UW) Neighborhood Clinics and the UW Department of Psychiatry in implementing a collaborative care approach to integrating the management of anxiety and depression in the ambulatory primary care setting.
New York City Health + Hospitals, one of the country's largest public health care system, uses a collaborative care model to integrate mental health into primary care. They provide screening and treatment in the primary care setting.  Main takeaways:
Report and Recommendations from the Bree Collaborative Treatment of pain varies widely between systems and clinicians with high financial and human cost. Moving to a collaborative or team-based approach to managing complex pain has been shown to result in better patient outcomes. However, most approaches to pain management including chronic opioid therapy involved siloed health care providers. This workgroup met from January 2018 to January 2019 and defined minimum standards for:
Collaborative Care for Opioid and Alcohol Use Key Points Question:  Does collaborative care for opioid and alcohol use disorders increase treatment use and self-reported abstinence compared with usual primary care?
This step-by-step guide provides a broad overview of the major steps needed to successfully implement a Collaborative Care program. These steps were designed by the AIMS Center after working with over 1,000 organizations and represent our current thinking in how to best implement a successful program.
This study demonstrates that depressed patients enrolled in collaborative care management (CCM) recover more quickly than patients choosing their usual primary care.
Collaborative care has a way of stretching the skill sets of all involved. Over the past few years, we have come to realize the importance of treating not only common mental disorders but also addiction problems in primary care. Mark Duncan, M.D., shares his experience treating patients with substance use disorders in a collaborative care model and shows us that leveraging the strengths of collaborative care for addiction treatment has much promise. —Jürgen Unützer, M.D., M.P.H.
Communication Skills for Clinicians Research through a National Institute of Health Grant proved that “communication skills for serious illness are learnable.” Vital Talk  is a Seattle, nationally known 501(3) C) that disseminates that research. Vital Talks clearly states, “We believe every clinician can become a better communicator.”
 Community health workers are a crucial resource for healthcare transformation. Take a look at a new article from the NEJM Catalyst series.
Currently, most providers receive fee-for-service(FFS) payments, which are based entirely on the volume of services they provide to patients. This system leads to fragmented care with variation in cost and quality. Value-based purchasing (VBP) links provider payments to the quality and value of care. VBP is not “one size fits all.” There are different ways to connect provider payments to value. This guide on connecting provider payments to value covers: Apple Health Contracts Quality Improvement Scores  Quality improvement Model