• Coverage of mental health screening varies by health plan
  • Coverage for health and behavior assessment CPT codes is provided by many insurers
Other government programs reimburse or provide services to identify psychosocial needs, e.g.,
  • Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers annually screen all patients for depression and alcohol misuse prompted by patients’ computerized medical records
  • Older Americans Act programs also perform needs assessments
Voluntary organizations offer mental health screenings
  • Some support is provided through nurse support systems for patients established by some private insurers
  • Some support also provided through the E/M billing codes reimbursed by private insurers
  • Managed care plans’ more flexible reimbursement also facilitates these services (see, e.g., AHIP, 2007)
Support is provided by Maternal and Child Health Programs for Children with Special Health Care Needs Support is provided by American Cancer Society’s Patient Navigator program


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