Presentations from WIPHL’s September Symposium are now online!

Below you will find links to the Powerpoint presentations of our presenters from last week’s September Symposium on BSI. Please do not hesitate to contact us at if you have any questions. We are waiting on a few presentations and will have those uploaded as they come in.

Thank you!


“Policy to Support BSI Delivery”

“Understanding Coding and Reimbursement for BSI”

“BSI from an Employers’ Perspective”


“BSI for Cardiovascular Prevention”

“BSI in Federally Qualified Health Centers”

“BSI in High Schools and Colleges”

“BSI, Collaborative Care and Mental Health”

Amidst Chaotic Healthcare Environment, WIPHL September Symposium on BSI Strikes a Chord

By Richard L. Brown, MD, MPH

With only one month before enrollment opens for new exchanges and four months before new requirements for health plans take effect, most of us are wondering how the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is going to come together.  Although polls show a wide range of opinion about the ACA and its implementation, almost everyone agrees that U.S. healthcare must be more effective and cost-efficient.  Indeed, a Gallup poll earlier this year found that 81% of Americans personally worry either “a fair amount” or a “great deal” about the availability and affordability of healthcare.

Within the healthcare industry, many individuals are concerned about how cuts will affect their sectors and yet few dispute our collective need to work toward the triple aim. That’s improving health outcomes, enhancing patients’ experience of healthcare, and controlling healthcare costs.

Perhaps that’s why nearly 150 people in Wisconsin have already registered for WIPHL’s September Symposium on Behavioral Screening and Intervention (BSI), which is co-sponsored by the Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality.

Our goals for the symposium are:

  • To disseminate information on how administering systematic BSI would arguably be the largest step a clinic or hospital could take toward the triple aim;
  • To highlight progress in Wisconsin and other states toward spreading BSI;
  • To identify barriers to further spread; and
  • To generate strategies and enthusiasm for overcoming those barriers.

Our keynote speaker, John Torinus, author of the new book “Opt Out of Obamacare, Opt Into the Private Health Care Revolution,” will describe why large and medium-sized corporations are increasingly voting with their feet to leave the mainstream U.S. healthcare system and what it would take for them to return.

During our free, day-long Symposium, I’ll review the need for BSI, its contribution toward the triple aim, WIPHL’s successful model of BSI delivery, and where BSI stands in Wisconsin.  In addition, Mia Croyle, WIPHL’s Director of Development, will facilitate a panel discussion among diverse healthcare professionals whose clinics are systematically and successfully delivering BSI.

Additional sessions will include more discussion on BSI delivery models, BSI-related policy issues, employers’ perspectives on BSI, coding and reimbursement and how BSI is linked with cardiovascular prevention, federally qualified health centers (FQHCs), educational settings, and mental health disorders.  Speakers from across the United States will add a national outlook as well.

The day will be full of opportunities for discussion, networking and planning next steps for dissemination of BSI.  We’re fortunate our current grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality allows for registration, lunch and refreshments at absolutely no cost to participants.

If you’ve already registered, we look forward to seeing you, and feel free to invite others.  If you haven’t, please register here.

For more information, refer to our Symposium agenda packet or email any questions and comments to

WIPHL/WCHQ Symposium Planned on Spreading BSI


By Richard L. Brown, MD, MPH

I’m pleased to announce that WIPHL and the Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality (WCHQ) will host a day-long symposium on behavioral screening and intervention (BSI) in Madison this upcoming September 17.

The goals of the meeting are to discuss the documented improvements in health and cost savings of BSI, the current state of BSI delivery in Wisconsin healthcare settings and together, plan how to accelerate the spread of BSI all across our state.

The conference is targeted at a diverse array of audiences, including individuals and representatives of organizations in both the private and public sectors, that:

  • Purchase healthcare
  • Pay or help contract for healthcare
  • Provide healthcare
  • Influence healthcare policy – or would like to do so
  • Advocate for the health and well-being of Wisconsinites

Our keynote speaker will be John Torinus, Chairman of the Board of Serigraph, Inc., and author of The Company That Solved Healthcare. Mr. Torinus will discuss why mainstream healthcare payers and providers are losing market share among large- and medium-sized US corporations, and what can be done to win back those customers.

I will discuss BSI, its health and economic benefits, and a model for delivering BSI that has worked well in dozens of Wisconsin healthcare settings. Kevin Moore, Deputy Secretary of Wisconsin’s Department of Health Services, will provide commentary on the prior sessions.

Mia Croyle, MA, WIPHL’s Director of Operations, will facilitate a panel of healthcare professionals who will discuss their personal experiences in delivering BSI.

Throughout the rest of the day, there will be additional sessions designed to foster a rich exchange of information, experience and new ideas on various aspects of BSI, including:

  • Delivering BSI in primary care settings
  • BSI and the business case for employers
  • BSI and other models of primary care/mental health integration
  • BSI-related national and state health policy
  • BSI and the prevention of heart disease
  • BSI in schools and colleges
  • BSI and federally qualified health centers

At the end of the day, there will be a plenary discussion of ideas that came out of each session, how to move BSI forward in Wisconsin and the various roles that participants can play. There will be ample opportunities to participate in discussions in the large groups and small groups as well at network throughout the day.

This symposium is sure to be an exciting and enriching experience, so be sure to save Tuesday, September 17 on your calendar. It will take place at the Monona Terrace. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. All symposium expenses will be funded by WIPHL and WCHQ’s current grant from the US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

There is no fee to attend the symposium but registration is required, and there will be a registration cap. Be sure to register at, and tell your friends and colleagues.

We hope to see you there!