Behavioral Health Identification, Treatment and Referral in Primary Care: 3-Part On-demand Training Series

October 2021

Optum is pleased to announce a complementary 3-part webinar series that is available on-demand (self-directed) to any interested participants.  

As you know, the integration of behavioral health services into the clinical primary care setting is an important care model needed to successfully manage population health and improve outcomes. This series will discuss best practices for the integration of behavioral care into a primary care setting.

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Part 1 – Now available!

Activity Description

Depression significantly impacts both mental and physical health and can result in serious long-term morbidities. Screening tools are routinely used in clinical practice for measurement-based treatment decisions and adjustments. HEDIS serves as a standard measurement tool for comparing performance with a focus on quality improvements. This activity will explain HEDIS measures related to the treatment of depression and the referral process for behavioral health treatment.


Yusra Benhalim, MD, Senior National Medical Director, Optum Behavioral Health and Diane Sanders-Cepeda, DO, CMD, Senior Medical Director, UnitedHealthcare Retiree Solutions

Learning Objectives

At the end of this educational activity, participants should be able to:

  • Discuss the screening, diagnosis, treatment and medication adherence for depression.
  • Describe the aspect of HEDIS measures related to the treatment of depression through anti-depression medication management (AMM).
  • Define HEDIS qualified aftercare appointments for follow-up after hospitalization (FUH) and follow-up after emergency department visit for mental illness (FUM).
  • Explain the referral process for behavioral health treatment.

Part 2 (Coming Soon)

  • TOPIC: Substance Use Disorder

Part 3 (Coming Soon)

  • TOPIC: Children and Adolescents

Continuing Education

Earn 1.00 CME/CNE credit for each session completed. This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of primary care physicians, PAs, nurses and nurse practitioners who are interested in learning about pertinent topics in behavioral health, including the screening, referral, diagnosis, and treatment for depression, along with the related aspects of Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS) measures.

There are no fees for participating in or receiving credit for this activity.