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8 QUESTIONS YOU NEED TO ASK YOUR DOCTOR!
Q1: Do you use a PHQ-9 on all your patients?
Why: A Patient Health Questionnaire is a list of 9 questions on your general mental health, how you are feeling, etc. It is what’s called a rating scale that helps doctors identify any common mental disorders (e.g. depression, anxiety, substance abuse, etc), and if more serious mental disorder, arrange for a referral to a specialist in mental health. This form, to be completed by the patient, should be part of a routine office visit.
Here is some reference information to gauge the PHQ [in PDF format]
Q2: Is your practice following a PCMH or ACO care delivery model, or plan to?
Why: PCMH (patient-centered medical homes) and ACO (accountable care organizations) are new ways to provide patients with high quality, efficient, evidence-based health care that is cost-effective and importantly leads to better health results. Typical features include use of digitalized electronic records and communications, integration of medical and behavioral health care, collaborative care teams, including patient, patients registries and care managers who help patients handle referral to specialists, keep appointments, stick with medications, etc
Q3: Does this practice integrate mental health and substance use care?
Why: High-quality, high-value medical practices today now means treating BOTH physical conditions and behavioral health (mental health + substance use). Behavioral health problems like depression or anxiety, alcohol or drug (including prescription drug) abuse are among the most common and disabling conditions. They often co-occur with medical conditions like diabetes, heart disease, asthma, cancer etc). If BH problems are not treated, they can worsen or prevent recove read more.....
NHMH BEGINNING A NEW FIVE-PART SERIES ON………………
“How the Care Experience at Your Doctor’s Office is about to Change over the Next Decade – for the Good!”
|Board of Directors|
|Our Beliefs and Values|
|8 Ways to Know if Your Primary Care Doctor is Offering You Integrated Care|
|Burden of Mental Health Care Falling on Primary Care|
|State of Washington|
|State of New York|
|New Developments Re Depression Tx in Primary Care - What Consumers Need to Know Now|
|Integration for a Safety Net Population with Complex Needs|
|The (Posthumous) Case of Pam|
|Pittsburgh Leading the Way in Behavioral Integration Implementation|
|Pediatric Integrated Care|
|Mayo Clinic Experience Integrating Behavioral Healthcare|
|The Case of Jason|
|The Case of Gina|
|Case Management Society of America Interviews NHMH|
|Mental Health and Heart Disease|
|HISTORIC COMPROMISE IN SAN FRANCISCO:|
|The Rea Case|
|A Behavioral Health House Divided|
|5 Part Series|
|5 Part Series Part I|
|5 Part Series Part II|
|5 Part Series Part III|
|5 Part Series Part IV|
|5 Part Series Part V|
|Glossary of Terms|