GETTYSBURG, Pa., June 25, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- As primary care and behavioral healthcare integration becomes more pervasive, there is much providers in both disciplines can learn from each other. In a new white paper from Netsmart, What Primary Care Can Learn From Behavioral Healthcare (and Vice Versa), two clinicians — one with roots in primary care and the other in behavioral health — explore the similarities and differences in these disciplines and the impact on patients. Along with providing a comparison of these two fields, hear Ian Chuang, M.D., and Dennis Morrison, Ph.D., discuss the challenges providers face and ways integration can improve services for the individuals receiving care.

Through a team-based approach to care, providers can leverage the right resources from both disciplines to improve care and promote better outcomes for the individuals they serve. This integration allows providers to map out a person-centric care plan that addresses both physical and mental health needs. Learn more about the challenges providers face in treating individuals with both physical and mental health conditions and how a partnership between disciplines can greatly benefit the individuals receiving care.

Netsmart is providing this white paper free of charge to OPEN MINDS members and health and human services executives via the OPEN MINDS Circle Library. Download the white paper free today at:


Ian Chuang is senior vice president of Healthcare Informatics and chief medical officer for Netsmart. In this position, Dr. Chuang provides strategic leadership and a strong medical perspective as Netsmart develops innovative clinical solutions and leads its clients and the industry toward high quality care in an environment of disruption, convergence and integrated care.

Before joining Netsmart, Dr. Chuang served as Senior Vice President, Health Risk Management for Lockton Benefit Group in Kansas City, Missouri. He previously led the development of care management and clinical decision support systems at CIGNA Corporation. Prior to that, he was a Director and Vice President at Cerner Corporation, where he led initiatives ranging from a systems-based care transformation service with focus on evidence-based practice, to a next-generation CDS system with context-sensitive clinical information presentation and viewing.


Dennis Morrison is chief clinical officer for Netsmart, the leading provider of clinical solutions for health and human services organizations nationwide. Morrison leads the Netsmart clinical team in transforming clinical care in behavioral health by focusing on evidence-based practice, recovery- and research-based care, coordinated care planning, and the integration of behavioral and primary care.

Prior to joining Netsmart in 2012, he served as the CEO of the Center for Behavioral Health (CBH) in Bloomington, Indiana. CBH was the first behavioral health company to ever win the JCAHO Codman Award for excellence in the use of outcomes measurement to achieve health care quality improvement; the second to win the HIMSS Nicholas E. Davies Award for Excellence in the implementation of Electronic Health Records (EHR); and the only organization in the world to have won both awards. Dr. Morrison holds a doctorate is in Counseling Psychology from Ball State University.


Netsmart is committed to helping health and human services providers deliver effective, recovery-based care with Netsmart CareFabric™, a tightly woven framework of innovative clinical and business solutions and services that supports integrated, coordinated delivery of health services across the spectrum of care.

More than 23,000 client organizations, including 450,000 care providers and more than 40 state systems use Netsmart solutions to help improve the quality of life for more than 25 million people each day. Netsmart clients include mental health and addiction services agencies, health homes, psychiatric hospitals, private and group mental health practices, public health departments, social services and child and family health agencies, managed care organizations, and vital records offices.


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