The Center of Medicaid and Medicare Service continues to increase emphasis on care collaboration, ranging from chronic care management to the recent announcement from the US Surgeon General’s landmark report on alcohol, drug and health.

Research has demonstrated bidirectional links between mental disorders and chronic conditions. Depression and anxiety are heightening the risks towards hypertension and diabetes along with other mental disorders such as PTSD, drug addiction and alcoholism. Depression roughly doubles the risk for a new coronary heart disease event. Such interdependencies have limited solutions today because of the lack of a collaborative environment.

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