For Your Practice
The BRE program collaboratively integrates effective mental health testing and comprehensive treatment plan services through leased staff into existing medical practices. BRE staff use propriety software to track and comply with time, task, oversight, and coding requirements.
BRE's systematic approach may be especially useful for practices that see patients over age 50 with chronic illnesses that are also at high risk for mental health-related issues like depression, addiction, and cognitive concerns. Higher-risk patients include those who suffer from chronic pain, are receiving medication management, as well as those with chronic or debilitating complex illnesses, such as Diabetics with COPD and or Cardiovascular Disease.
Mental health issues are the fastest-growing category of illnesses.
IT'S TIME TO GET INVOLVED
Adding an Integrative Mental Health Program To Your Practice Benefits Patients and the Health Care System.
For many medical practices, identifying and treating mental health issues such as addiction, depression, and cognitive concerns in at-risk patient populations has become essential -- there are simply not enough specialist providers to perform these services. However, integrating effective mental health care into an existing medical practice can feel like an insurmountable challenge for already time-pressed Providers. The BRE program adds this effective basic mental health care service simple through competently trained, turnkey, leased staff under indirect office supervision.
BRE staff uses our proprietary EMR software to identify at-risk patients who qualify for and benefit from various mental health assessments supported by Medicare. The BRE system allows Providers to compare patient results over time, and the data is exportable to individual office EHR systems. This helps with medication optimization, referrals when appropriate, and refined outpatient and healthy lifestyle support through the coordination of dedicated staff. Such comprehensive brain health care complemented by dynamic take-home treatment plans reduces burdens on the medical system and assists in keeping patients healthier, happier and with better living independence longer.
CMS expanded mental health billing codes in 2019 to help all Providers identify mental health issues and provide treatment for at-risk patients. These updates reflect CMS's increasing focus on effective, preventative, and timely identification and treatments for cognitive, mood, and addiction disorders.
Patients, Providers, and Payers Benefit
Most mental health programs are purely assessment-driven and provide little more than occasional brief tests without historical comparisons. In contrast, BRE provides comprehensive, individualized testing at appropriate intervals, with the crucial addition of proven treatment and lifestyle modification strategies that support mental and physical health, along with additional care considerations and appropriate follow-up by trained and dedicated staff. Tracking is efficient and effective using graphical, color-coded charts & graphs.
BRE staff take the inconsistencies out of assessment gathering, evaluation and provide for complete documentation in a HIPAA and CMS guidance compliant format that also meets most payers’ billing requirements. Software feature tools help with easy review, comparison, ongoing evaluation, and treatment plan update and management for each patient through exportable emr files.
Under the supervision of the Provider, leased staff assists with the creation of take-home Treatment Plans, which can include medication instructions from the Provider, specialist referrals, and a customized and regularly updated lifestyle modification plans and events that utilize physical, nutritional, social, and cognitive activities including community-based programs. These activities have been expanded as of a consequence of COVID for online, digital, telephonic, and interactive video participation supporting physical, mental and emotional health.
The BRE system also uses remote patient monitoring to track important objective measurements, as well as providing personal contact and discussion of the patients’ condition and their progress with the take-home treatment plan. Adjustments to the plan may then be made, with the Provider’s approval, in order to ensure maximum patient benefit. Feedback received has shown that patients greatly appreciate this follow-up and report and that it helps them stay on track in between Provider visits. As a consequence of the system and RPM, emergency services usage can be reduced significantly.
Providers can help reduce their legal liability in caring for high-risk populations by identifying and taking action to address mental health concerns at the earliest stages. The consistent challenges for this population is a combination of potential medication side effects, medication interactions, medication tolerance changes over time, and patient compliance. It is ever so critical that the variables between these four essential dynamics are carefully and regularly monitored to avoid deleterious outcomes.