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Sandhills Center launches Integrated Care newsletter for providers

Sandhills Center launches Integrated Care newsletter for providers

Publication Date: June 17, 2016

Sandhills Center has published the first edition of Integrated Care News, a periodical specific to its provider network. It includes an overveiw of Integrated Care, as well as Sandhills Center's firm commitment to the coordination of physical and behavioral health.

Veiw the June 2016 issue of Integrated Care News here.

It also includes the concept of "integrated care scripts," which entails a host of questions that Sandhills Center staff will use when interacting with providers.

The June issue of Integrated Care news focuses on metabolic syndrome. We recognize that this is a serious condition that affects the psychiatric population, thereby reducing quality of life, and increasing morbidity and mortality. The content was provided by Dr. Khalil Tanas, Sandhills Center's associate medical director.

An estimated 1.7 billion people worldwide are affected by metabolic syndrome. It is defined a number of ways, but most experts agree that the four components of it are obesity, insulin resistance, dyslipidemia and hypertension. These are the most dangerous risk factors for heart attack, fatty liver disease and several kinds of cancer. It is largely believed that metabolic syndrome may be an adverse side effect of prescribed psychiatric medication.

Another list of questions or “scripts” will be developed to correlate with the June newsletter content. These scripts will relate to this disease state and are intended to guide providers and members through a series of physical health questions that are derived from evidence-based practices. This has implications for overall health, as well as for future utilization of physical health services.