EHHHS Secretary Marylou Sudders to Headline Statewide Conference on Integrated Health Care

WORCESTER, Ma. – On Tuesday, May 12, Marylou Sudders, Secretary of the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services, will keynote a 900-attendee conference on integrated medical and behavioral health care at the DCU Center in Worcester. The conference, Integrating Care: From Evidence to Operations, is among the largest of its kind in the country and is jointly sponsored by the MassHealth Primary Care Clinician (PCC) Plan, the Massachusetts Behavioral Health Partnership (MBHP), a Beacon Health Options company, and UMass Medical School.

Secretary Sudders, who leads the largest executive agency in state government, oversees a $19.4 billion state budget with 22,000 employees. The services administered by EOHHHS agencies touch almost one in six residents of the Commonwealth. “I am pleased to participate in this important discussion about integrating behavioral and physical health care. Improving overall health should lead to better health outcomes and more efficient health care delivery.”

The conference will also feature Sean Kennedy, director of eHealth Programs for the Massachusetts eHealth Institute (MeHI), as a luncheon speaker. Kennedy leads the development of the Statewide eHealth Plan for Massachusetts and health IT adoption and use efforts for MeHI. In addition to Sudders and Kennedy, the conference will host 40 experts in the fields of medical and behavioral health care, including chief medical officers, nurses, licensed clinical social workers, psychologists, community health workers, and more. Participants are invited to choose workshops organized underneath four tracks: Nuts and Bolts of Integrated Care, Addressing Substance Use Disorders, Optimizing Integrated Care Management, and Integration in the Pediatric Setting.

“We are honored to welcome Secretary Sudders, Sean Kennedy, and a robust lineup of experts for this timely conference,” said Tim Murphy, chief executive officer of Beacon Health Options, the parent company of MBHP. “This is an important step forward in our statewide conversation about how to deliver integrated, high-quality care throughout the Commonwealth.”

“May 12 will be a very exciting day in Worcester,” said Judith Steinberg, MD, MPH, deputy chief medical officer of event co-sponsor Commonwealth Medicine, UMass Medical School. “Integrated care has been shown to improve health outcomes and reduce costs. We are on the cusp of a revolution in health care, and the people at this conference are leading the charge.”

About the MassHealth PCC Plan

The Primary Care Clinician (PCC) Plan serves nearly 400,000 MassHealth beneficiaries with its network of over 3,000 primary care clinicians at 1,750 sites statewide. PCC Plan members receive a full range of mental health and substance use disorder services through the Massachusetts Behavioral Health Partnership (MBHP).

About MBHP

MBHP, a Beacon Health Options company, has worked with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts since 1996 to provide managed behavioral health services for members of the MassHealth Primary Care Clinician (PCC) Plan and since 1998 to provide network and quality management for primary care clinicians in the PCC Plan. Additionally, since 2009, MBHP has managed behavioral health services for the Health New England Be Healthy plan. Since its inception, MBHP has improved the delivery and quality of health care in Massachusetts through member-directed initiatives and innovative programs. For more information on MBHP, visit www.masspartnership.com.

About UMass Medical School

The University of Massachusetts Medical School is an academic health sciences center of 6,800 professionals, positioned at the forefront of health care delivery and policy development. It is home to Nobel Prize-winning research aimed at advances in areas of HIV, cancer, diabetes, and infectious disease. It is ranked in the top 10 percent of academic medical schools in primary care (2015 U.S. News & World Report). The Medical School’s public service consulting and operations division, Commonwealth Medicine, offers health policy, research, financing and service delivery in the public interest.