mental health screening

Why you should screen for suicide risk oftenSuicide has jumped form the third to the second leading cause of death for teens, and the AAP says pediatricians are uniquely positioned to spot risk factors that could lead to suicidal ideation or behaviors.
On the AAP's latest clinical report on teen suicideI want to commend the new Clinical Report, “Suicide and Suicide Attempts in Adolescents,” issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Committee on Adolescence. The lead author, Benjamin Shain, MD, and the Committee wrote a clear, concise, well-referenced report that is highly relevant to the practicing primary care pediatrician.
Mental healthcare becomes top priority for healthcare execsMultiple factors are moving mental healthcare to a front burner issue in managed care.
Walgreens partners with MHA in mental health offeringA new mental health platform on the Walgreens website will offer consumers free online screening tools and links to providers of followup care.
Mental health parity: 12 things health execs should knowWe asked four experts what managed healthcare executives need to know about the mental health coverage requirements.
Clinical Economics: Managing patients with depressionDepression is one of the most common mental health conditions in the United States, according to the National Institutes of Mental Health.
Integrating primary care and mental health key to improving patient care, lowering costsUnder the Affordable Care Act, most health plans are required to cover preventive services such as depression screening for adults and behavioral assessments for children. That means more patients will be turning to their primary care doctors for help with emotional and behavioral health problems.
Three reasons why integrating behavioral health services may benefit your primary care practiceMore than 70% of primary care visits are related to psychosocial issues, including anxiety and depression. Although few primary care physicians currently have the resources to help patients address those issues, a new program may show that investing in those services is worthwhile both for the provider and the patient.
Screening adolescents for depressionPediatric primary care providers who screen, identify, and treat adolescents for depression and its comorbidities can make a positive difference in their patients’ long-term health, social functioning, and interpersonal relationships.