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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!”

Part I The Changes in Context

Part II Why Change is Necessary

Part III The Medical-Behavioral Care Interface

Part IV Many Questions Remain

Part V What It All Means for YOU