Behavioral care integration visualWhen talking about the need to improve the U.S. health caresystem, there's no shortage of aspects to address. Of increasingfocus in recent years has been the need to integrate mental and behavioral health as elements ofpreventive care during a primary care visit.

For decades, mental health has been relegated to its owncategory, often not covered by insurance and difficult to access bypatients. While the Mental Health Parity Act improved access tothese resources, the disconnect between mental and physical healthhas persisted. However, health industry stakeholders haveincreasingly called for the integration of mental and physicalhealth services, recognizing the potential impact on overall healthand health care costs.

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Emily Payne

Emily Payne is director, content analytics for ALM's Business & Finance Markets and former managing editor for BenefitsPRO. A Wisconsin native, she has spent the past decade writing and editing for various athletic and fitness publications. She holds an English degree and Business certificate from the University of Wisconsin.