Among older adults with subthreshold depression (insufficient levels of depressive symptoms to meet diagnostic criteria), collaborative care compared with usual care resulted in an improvement in depressive symptoms after four months, although it is of uncertain clinical importance, according to a study.
Mental health services don’t exist in a vacuum. They are deeply influenced by developments in the greater health care landscape. These stories will give you an idea of what’s going with the Affordable Care Act, the health care workforce, efforts at institutional reform, government programs such as Medicare and Medicaid, system-wide weakness in the provision of care, and efforts to address racial and ethnic disparities.
The Affordable Care Act was a game changer for community clinics. It has enabled them to get reimbursement for much more of the care they provided, because more of their patients now had private insurance or were on Medicaid.
MDLive originally launched behavioral health services in November 2014. The company reports it has since conducted more than 50,000 virtual mental health visits and is now available to more than 10 million Americans.
A recent review of the literature demonstrates that collaborative care models are particularly well suited to treating depressed women in non-mental health settings.
Hospital that subjected elderly people with mental health issues to ‘institutional abuse’ under spotlight
The independent report on the mental health ward included testimony from patients’ families, who said their loved ones were treated like “animals.”
The secretary of the Agency of Human Services said his staff and other stakeholders will do a “deep dive” into systemic issues in how Vermont delivers mental health treatment.
In Fort Worth, some paramedics are doing things differently: scheduling visits to treat patients in their homes. This idea — what’s called mobile integrated health care — is gaining traction as a way for hospitals to save money.
In December 2016, Congress enacted landmark legislation to improve care for Americans with mental illness. These provisions reflected strong, bipartisan consensus that fixing the broken American mental health system must be a national priority and something we cannot ignore.
In a landmark act of medical leadership, the American Psychiatric Association in January released guidelines to help patients and their clinicians evaluate specific apps. The American Medical Association has announced it will soon follow suit.
The Handbook of Non-Drug Interventions (HANDI) outlines treatments that don’t require medications or surgery. Its 54 treatments range from splints for hand pain in osteoarthritis to internet-delivered cognitive behavioural therapy for depression and anxiety.
South Africa has good policies for mental health care. But the implementation of these policies remain a challenge. Mental health services have not been integrated into the routine care of chronic diseases and within the primary health care system.
Colleges across the country are failing to keep up with a troubling spike in demand for mental health care — leaving students stuck on waiting lists for weeks, unable to get help.
Health care would be remiss if the intersections between brain (i.e., neuroscience and biology) and mind (i.e., psychology and mental health) were not considered.
In most circumstances, HIPAA works as designed, giving patients the medical privacy they deserve with the opportunity to release records or information at their choosing. But cracks are showing when it comes to those suffering from mental illness.
What the past 8 years have taught us is that health care reform requires an evidence-based, careful approach, driven by what is best for the American people. That is why Republicans’ plan is so reckless.
A recently released independent review into the mental health system in Wellington, New Zealand has found serious failings after five people died at the hands of mental health patients.
The members of the Federal Parity Task Force, under the leadership of the White House Domestic Policy Council, presented a final report to the President on October 27, 2016.
There is a preponderance of evidence that the current approach to health care does not address the root causes of poor health and that we must immediately incorporate pro-active approaches that impact the future as well as the present. One of the knotty problems that health leaders have always faced is the question of whether Read more
New federal mental health laws have led to gains in some areas, but patients with severe mental illness still face hurdles in accessing care, results of two new studies show.
It raises important questions about both medical education and the way medicine is practiced today, particularly the many non-patient-care-related demands on a physician’s attention.
How easy is it to get help with mental health problems in the UK? It’s a topical issue, with reports of long waiting lists and some people being sent miles from home for treatment.
The OIG launched an investigation in 2014 after concerns were raised by Dr. Jose Mathews, the St. Louis VA’s former chief of psychiatry.
On Dec. 15, we discussed the biggest health care issues facing Texas. Texas Tribune CEO Evan Smith moderated the conversation between State Rep. Donna Howard, D-Austin, and State Rep. John Zerwas, R-Richmond.
While adding hospital beds amid a shortage sounds intuitive, the proposal is raising old questions about Minnesota’s pediatric mental health system.