HSM420 Managed Behavioral Healthcare

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HSM420 Managed Behavioral Healthcare
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HSM420 Managed Behavioral Healthcare

HSM420 Managed Behavioral Healthcare

Course Discussions Week 4 All Students Posts – 27 Pages

What factors surrounding behavioral health create special challenges and special considerations for managed care programs? How is managed behavioral healthcare different from managed acute medical or managed acute surgical care?  The need for behavioral healthcare coverage is ever-growing in this country.  What is the problem with providing adequate coverage?  Do you think that if patients stopped using the ER as a doctor’s office and used it for emergencies only that there would be adequate staff?

Why is it that society deems behavioral health as taboo?  Because of this, many fail to seek help.  What can be done to change the perception of behavioral health?  What can managed care plans and the Affordable Care Act do to make managing mental health less challenging and more efficient?  If we are increasing access, we need to increase providers.  What can be done to entice individuals to seek a career in behavioral health?  Does the fact that the benefits are minimal which means receiving payment may be difficult have anything to do with the lack of providers?

One issue that I have seen is that most of these patients have to be held in an emergency department for a certain number of hours prior to being admitted for treatment.  This can cause safety concerns for other patients and staff because the emergency department is not equipped to treat these patients or hold them in a safe manner.  In my organization this puts a major strain on our resources.  It takes extra staff to provide the necessary attention to help these patients until they are admitted.  Some of these patients are dangerous and emergency rooms are set up to handle emergency medical treatment not behavioral health patients.  By being held in and emergency department these patients experience delayed treatment.  Yes the are treated by physicians and nurses but not all organizations have behavioral health professionals with in the emergency department.  If a cardiac patient were to come into an emergency department their treatment is not delayed but a behavior health patients is.  I understand that certain patients don’t need as much urgency as others to save their lives but there is still an urgency to treat them.  They need assistance just like the cardiac patient does – just a different form…