Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, so in addition to the things that we usually discuss about your patient’s health, we are also doing mental healthcare screenings for all of your patients.

In light of this, we also include a PHQ9 Depression Screening during the assessment to ensure all aspects of your patient’s symptoms are addressed. We want to raise awareness and educate your patients on mental illnesses, such as depression, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder. We also speak about the realities of living with these conditions and the strategies for attaining mental health and wellness.

We conduct a short screening that entails 9 questions in regards to your patient’s mental health. The PHQ9 Depression Screening also includes 9 brief questions to describe how often the patient has experienced certain symptoms described. If the patient scores a high amount on the screening, the Chronic Care Coordinator is instructed to place a 3-way call to the practice and assist the patient in scheduling an appointment with their provider to review their symptoms.

We value your patient’s well-being and want to support any and all struggling with mental illness.

About the Author

Yvonne Tyson is Vice President of Clinical Services at Wellbox, the all-inclusive solution for tracking and billing for Chronic Care Management and Annual Wellness Visits, as well as offering in-demand Telemedicine and Remote Patient Monitoring services.

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