Behavioral Health in the Primary Care Practice

Fellowship Paper

Business Strategy

Donna M. Lohr MBA, FACMPE
Physicians are finding themselves stretched thinner and thinner trying to meet the demands of today’s patients and provide the best care. With the national shortage of primary care physicians, it is up to healthcare administrators to find creative and better ways of managing patient loads in order to impact the patients in our communities. One way of doing this is to offer counseling services in the primary care setting by a licensed mental health counselor (LMHC), psychologist or psychiatrist. Both psychologists and psychiatrists are in short supply and the need outweighs their ability to effectively treat every patient in need. Adding behavioral health counseling will provide needed relief to these specialists as well as provide relief to primary care physicians in their own practices. LMHCs can see and treat patients ranging from addiction, depression/anxiety, to marriage or life counseling, or stress management.
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Donna M. Lohr MBA, FACMPE

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