Posts Tagged ‘mental health care’

Infographic: How State Budget Cuts Are Impacting Mental Healthcare Services

September 28th, 2016 by Melanie Matthews

State mental healthcare budget cuts have caused an increase in emergency room visits for patients seeking mental health treatment with a total of 5.5 million patients seeking care in these facilities each year, according a new infographic by the Cummings Institute.

The $38.5 billion it costs hospitals to take care of these patients could be significantly reduced by integrating mental health professionals within the ER and hospital settings. The infographic looks at the impact of these budget cuts and looks at possible solutions.

Behavioral health conditions affect nearly one of five Americans, leading to healthcare costs of $57 billion a year, on par with cancer, according to a 2009 AHRQ brief. Despite this impact, and the ACA’s provision for behavioral healthcare as an essential health benefit, progress toward total integration of behavioral healthcare into the primary care system has been slow.

2015 Healthcare Benchmarks: Integrating Behavioral Health and Primary Care captures healthcare’s efforts to achieve healthcare parity and honor the joint principles of the patient-centered medical home, including a whole person orientation and provision of coordinated and/or integrated care.

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Infographic: Substance Abuse Trends

July 27th, 2016 by Melanie Matthews

Substance abuse—involving drugs, alcohol or both—adversely impacts individuals, families and communities. Stopping substance abuse before it begins can increase a person’s chance of living a longer, healthier and more productive life, according to a new infographic by Healthy People 2020.

The infographic examines adolescent alcohol or illicit drug use trends and Healthy People 2020 targets for adolescent substance use and binge drinking in adults.

Behavioral health conditions affect nearly one of five Americans, leading to healthcare costs of $57 billion a year, on par with cancer, according to a 2009 AHRQ brief. Despite this impact, and the ACA’s provision for behavioral healthcare as an essential health benefit, progress toward total integration of behavioral healthcare into the primary care system has been slow.

2015 Healthcare Benchmarks: Integrating Behavioral Health and Primary Care captures healthcare’s efforts to achieve healthcare parity and honor the joint principles of the patient-centered medical home, including a whole person orientation and provision of coordinated and/or integrated care.

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Infographic: The Impact of Unmet Mental Health Services

July 3rd, 2015 by Melanie Matthews

Sixty percent of Americans with mental illness have unmet needs for the mental healthcare services they need, according to a new infographic by Best Social Work Programs.

The infographic examines the lack of coordination in mental healthcare services, mental health spending per capita and the impact of the lack of mental health treatment options.

2015 Healthcare Benchmarks: Integrating Behavioral Health and Primary CareBehavioral health conditions affect nearly one of five Americans, leading to healthcare costs of $57 billion a year, on par with cancer, according to a 2009 AHRQ brief. Despite this impact, and the ACA’s provision for behavioral healthcare as an essential health benefit, progress toward total integration of behavioral healthcare into the primary care system has been slow.

2015 Healthcare Benchmarks: Integrating Behavioral Health and Primary Care captures healthcare’s efforts to achieve healthcare parity and honor the joint principles of the patient-centered medical home, including a whole person orientation and provision of coordinated and/or integrated care.

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Infographic: Can We Live Longer? Integrated Healthcare’s Promise

September 30th, 2013 by Jackie Lyons

One in five people have a mental illness or addiction, and people with mental illness die earlier than the general population and have more co-occurring health conditions, according to a new infographic from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

The solution to improving and saving these lives and reducing healthcare costs lies in integrated care, according to the infographic. This infographic also shows the co-occurrence between mental illness and other chronic health conditions, how integrated care works as the most effective approach to complex patients, savings per month and per year, and more.

Can We Live Longer?

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You may also be interested in this related resource: Illness Management and Recovery (IMR): Personalized Skills and Strategies for those with Mental Illness.

Physical Health Problems Spur More Patients to Seek Mental Health Services

July 23rd, 2012 by Cheryl Miller

Mental health issues like depression alone are not enough to make people seek help, given the results of a new study from Oregon State University (OSU) linking physical ailments to mental healthcare.

But depression stemming from back pain or chronic diseases like diabetes are sending people to their nearest mental health practitioner. And this is good news in a way, say researchers, because early mental healthcare can significantly lower healthcare costs in the long run.

More good news on ways to lower healthcare costs: a global budget program, an alternative to traditional fee-for-service (FFS) reimbursement models, can lower the costs of medical spending and improve care quality for patients, according to a study from Harvard Medical School’s Department of Health Care Policy.

The study, based on two years of claims data from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts’ (BCBSMA) Alternative Quality Contract (AQC), found that healthcare provider groups participating in the AQC spent nearly 2 percent less than FFS groups in the first year, and more than 3 percent less in the second year. Reduced spending was attributed to changing referral patterns, among other things, and quality of care improvements were also greater in the second year than in the first.

Care quality is at issue when it comes to hospitals’ risk-standardized stroke-care rankings; they can be unfairly impacted if the severity of strokes are not considered, says a new study from UCLA.

Hospitals and medical centers must report their quality-of-care and risk-standardized outcomes for stroke and other common medical conditions. But reporting models for mortality that don’t consider stroke severity may unfairly skew these results. And this could have worse implications for patient care if hospitals start turning away those with more severe strokes or transferring them to other hospitals after they’ve been assessed by the ED to avoid being misclassified as having a higher mortality risk, researchers note.

Participation in ACOs continues to grow; CMS has announced 15 new ACOs that will receive advance payments to help them with care coordination costs. The advanced payment model is designed to support physician-based and rural ACOs who will provide coordinated high quality care to Medicare patients.

You can find more information on ACOs in our latest video, which documents their growth in the last year, based on our market research.

Read all of these stories in their entirety in this week’s Healthcare Business Weekly Update.