Value-Based Behavioral Health

Created by zayac Nov 4, 2020

What is meant by adopting a value-based model in the behavioral health sector? It requires the whole person physically and mentally, not just addressing a specific complaint or ailment.

When a patient is with a broken arm, a medical provider x-rays the arm, and finds the pain area, and creates a treatment plan that will focus on the arm. This is a very simple case; it shows the exact focus of the provider with the help of an x-ray report. When a patient is with complaints of anxiety, extreme fatigue, or signs of depression, this time the whole person must be examined to find out the exact reason behind this.

There are some instances where a patient presenting with pain could be experiencing behavioral issues that are manifesting as pain. If a medical provider is unable to identify the cause and properly diagnose the root of the complaint then the patient could go untreated.

Now, many practices will start screening all patients for behavioral conditions, like depression or anxiety, before scheduling surgery. This practice ties the knot behavioral and physical health and is an example of how these two disciplines can work together.

One physician from orthopedic practice adopted this procedure and reduced the number of orthopedic procedures that his clinic was performing by nearly 50% while increasing the number of patients treated using different modalities. By looking at these numbers to look at the future is a prime example of using value-based care in behavioral health.

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