ScienceBlog posted “Depression Screening Rates in Primary Care Remain Low” on 2-20-17. This article reviews the results of a study that found that, in spite of efforts to increase depression screening in PCP offices, less than 5% of adult patients are actually screened.
From The ScienceofUs blog, “There’s a Downside to Viewing Addiction As a Brain Disease” on 2-21-17. The original article, “Viewing addiction as a brain disease promotes social injustice,” was posted by Nature.com, and was written by Carl L. Hart, Ph.D. He is the Chair of the Department of Psychology at Columbia University and on his website he describes himself as a “Scientist. Activist. Educator.” He is a neuroscientist who advocates, “science should be driving out drug policies, even if it makes us uncomfortable.”
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration – Center for Integrated Health Solutions presented a webinar, “Aging Well: Addressing Behavioral Health with Older Adults in Primary Care Settings” on 2-15-17. (to view the video, you must register. It is 90 minutes. I think that I have summarized the most important information.)
Following up on a previous MHConcierge blog posting about the emerging opportunities for mental health organizations, and even small groups of professionals, to use outcomes data to negotiate with payers, Open Minds posted an article that advocates for using our own outcomes data to look out for ourselves.
OpenMinds.com, a company that provides information and support to health care organizations, has posted two blogs recently that can provide potential ideas for developing and marketing your own value-based data about your services/program/clinic/agency. These articles were written for health care organizations seeking new, or better, contracts with managed care companies, but have potential implications for smaller organizations, such as agencies and clinics; the suggestions may even be worth considering by small groups of independent mental health professionals that are seeking to survive, or even thrive, in the emerging value-based marketplace.