Increasing screening of depression and alcohol use disorders in primary care settings, and reducing readmissions from inpatient psychiatric facilities
A concern among the medical community is the prevalence of undetected or misdiagnosed alcohol use disorders (AUD) and depression in the U.S. According to the National Council for Behavioral Health and the Institute of Medicine, nearly 1 in 5 Medicare beneficiaries live with one or more mental health or substance use conditions.
As the population of adults age 65 and older continues to grow, identification through screening within primary care practices is the first step to help improve the lives of Medicare beneficiaries with these conditions.
As a collaborative effort, TMF is organizing a community coalition of primary care physicians, inpatient psychiatric facilities (IPFs), hospitals, additional medical providers, partners and other stakeholders to increase the screening for depression and AUDs in primary care settings, reduce the 30-day readmission rate and increase follow-up care for patients discharged from IPFs. Learn more about the Behavioral Health Network.