NHN Provider Resource Library

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

PATIENT RESOURCE

Behavioral Health: Knowing What to Look For and How to Find Support

The number of people reporting signs of anxiety or depression is growing. Nearly one in five individuals in the United States is living with a mental health condition. Understanding your symptoms or what to look for in a loved one can help you better manage your health and wellbeing. Download our resource to learn more. 

PROVIDER RESOURCES

Behavioral Health in Older Adults: Screening and Coding Guidelines

Although common in older adults, depression is not a normal part of aging. Depression is a serious mood disorder that may cause severe symptoms that impact how a person feels, thinks and handles daily activities. According to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, one in six seniors suffer from depression. Prevalence is highest for beneficiaries with comorbidities like cancer, arthritis, stroke, chronic lung disease and cardiovascular disease.

Download our Behavioral Health in Older Adults: Screening and Coding guidelines to review what to look for, how to screen patients and how to code. 

Behavioral Health Coding Guidelines

According to a Milliman study, individuals with mental and behavioral health conditions account for 57% of all health-care costs and expenditures. Coding to the highest specificity provides insight into your patients’ overall health and better predicts their medical risk score.

Download our Behavioral Health Coding Guidelines to review what to review proper coding and documentation for behavioral health coding, including Telehealth visits.

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. 

  • 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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Peer-to-Peer Coaching Program

The Nebraska Medical Association has launched their peer-to-peer physician coaching program LifeBridge Nebraska. LifeBridge Nebraska was developed by physicians, for physicians. It is a FREE coaching program available to all Nebraska physicians, regardless of NMA membership. The NMA hopes Nebraska physicians will reach out as a normal response to acute and chronic stress rather than just “powering through.”

Confidential appointments are self-referred without medical diagnoses, insurance billing, or electronic records. Notification is not given to employers, NMA, or the board of medicine. Program participants can expect complete confidentiality –information and/or identity is never disclosed to others without written consent.

Physicians can connect with LifeBridge Nebraska by calling a confidential third-party call center at 1-888-569-2036. To learn more and to view coach profiles, please visit nebmed.org/lifebridge or contact Betsy Jones. 

Additional Support

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