Partners Behavioral Health Management joins National Quality Forum, opioid action team

Posted at 4:42 PM on Nov 18, 2017


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Partners Behavioral Health Management recently became the first North Carolina Local Management Entity-Managed Care Organization accepted into the membership of the National Quality Forum, an organization that leads efforts to improve health and healthcare quality throughout the country. Partners underwent an application and selection process to be a part of the NQF’s 400-plus membership, which includes national public and private entities with a common goal of improving healthcare.

“We are honored to be part of the National Quality Forum,” said Selenna Moss, Partners’ chief performance and compliance officer. “Partners will be able to be part of national quality initiatives as they develop, learn from others, and share our expertise as we all work to improve healthcare throughout our communities.”

Partners is also participating in the National Quality Forum’s 25-member national Opioid Stewardship Action Team.

Barbara Hallisey, Partners’ associate clinical services director, is serving on the action team and will share Partners’ knowledge and experience in opioid addiction service management. This team will identify strategies and tactics to help prescribers better manage patients’ pain while reducing the risk of addiction. The group will release its recommendations in March 2018.

“The opioid epidemic is like nothing this country has seen before. Countless lives have been lost and children orphaned," said Hallisey. “We need strategies and leadership, like those offered by NQF and the Opioid Stewardship Action Team, to help combat this problem.”

The National Quality Forum brings together diverse organizations and individuals from across the country dedicated to improving health and healthcare through quality measurement. At this time, over 430 organizations, including hospitals, physicians and other clinicians, healthcare systems, patient and consumer groups, insurers, employers, and biopharmaceutical and life sciences companies are members of the National Quality Forum.

About Partners Behavioral Health Management

The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services contracts with Partners to manage behavioral health care services paid with federal, state, and local taxes. The sources of those funds include Medicaid (1915 (b)/(c) Medicaid Waiver), state and county funding, and grants.

Partners makes sure everyone who lives in Burke, Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Surry, and Yadkin County and is covered by Medicaid or state health insurance or has no insurance at all receives the best possible services for mental health, substance use disorder, and intellectual and developmental disabilities.

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