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BEHAVIORAL HEALTH

Nebraska Health Network offers a number of educational resources to help advance our mission of delivering patient-centered, high-value care. 

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Patients with psychiatric disorders are 45% less likely than other patients to have an established Primary Care Physician.

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Primary Care Physicians recognize and identify only half of all mental illnesses in their patients.

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Only 30% of patients with mental illness are screened for chronic diseases like diabetes.

Sources: AHRQ, Harvard School of Business and Journal of General Internal Medicine

Behavioral Health in the Primary Care Setting

Nebraska Health Network recognizes the growing prevalence of patients with behavioral health needs in our Network. Over a 12-month period Behavioral Health patients:

  • Had 213% more avoidable Emergency Department visits per 1,000 patients
  • Visited the Emergency Department more than twice the amount of the general population

Hospital admissions for MSSP beneficiaries with behavioral health diagnoses are 75% higher than the general population; and the percent of readmissions is 82 percent higher for behavioral health patients. 

Making an Impact

NHN first addressed this topic at our Spring 2019 Physician Meeting. We explored new care models that integrate behavioral health providers into the primary care setting and hope to launch a pilot project later this year.

  • Per capita spending for MSSP beneficiaries with behavioral health patients is 66% higher than general population
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  • Per capita spending for behavioral health patients is 77% percent higher than the general population
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