In recent years, animals are emerging as a tool to help people cope with health problems, both physical and mental. This newly-popular trend is called animal-assisted therapy (AAT) and is defined by Psychology Today as a therapeutic intervention that incorporates animals into the treatment plan to enhance and complement the benefits of traditional therapy. An […]
Category: Behavioral Health
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notes that approximately 80 percent of adults reported difficulty with work due to depression symptoms, costing the global economy an estimated $1 trillion annually in lost productivity. In addition, about 18 percent of adults in the United States have a mental illness in any given year. According […]
As the relationship between medical and behavioral health becomes better understood, research indicates that patients suffering from mental illness and/or conditions such as eating disorders, drug dependency, alcoholism and addiction benefit most from integrated care, which addresses the patient’s physical and mental health needs with equal credence. While mental health illnesses and conditions can be […]
Innovative methodologies such as integrated care are gaining in popularity as the healthcare industry rallies to find a solution to the opioid crisis.
Healthcare insurers and providers, along with the justice system and government agencies, have responded to changing perceptions of drug use disorders by endorsing integrated care.
Opioids have extensive histories as both prescribed and illicit drugs, and the fundamental challenge they present – as uniquely powerful analgesics that are nevertheless highly addictive – has long bedeviled the healthcare sector.
The culture of prescription drugs is slowly evolving so that opioids are used in quantities and therapies reflecting their safety profiles.
Years in the making, the opioid epidemic now accounts for a majority of all drug overdoses in the country.
As the scope of behavioral health has expanded to include chronic conditions and substance abuse, so has its approach to payment models. Since the ACA, in particular, America has witnessed its health care system shift from a predominately pay-for-service model to one with various reimbursement models that focus on long-term improvements, promoting efficiency and reducing […]
Behavioral health is a flexible term that can refer to a potentially broad set of medical issues. It is most often used when discussing mental health conditions like major depressive disorder, but, with growing frequency, it also applies to the diagnosis and treatment of virtually any behavior-influenced condition. These include chronic diseases such as diabetes, […]