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Diagnosing and Treating Depression in a Managed Care Environment: Concerns, Perceptions, and Misperceptions

Diagnosing and Treating Depression in a Managed Care Environment: Concerns, Perceptions, and Misperceptions

Depression remains underdiagnosed, and even when it is diagnosed it is undertreated. Exploratory discussions with providers from managed care environments have yielded several perspectives that might help to explain the well-documented poor performance in the treatment of depression. This supplement, derived from the proceedings of the Economic Working Group's third advisory board, examines perceptions and misperceptions in the managed care marketplace and examines them in light of the published literature.

Highlights:

  • If so many patients currently are prescribed antidepressants, why is the disease still undertreated?
  • If so many people suffer from depression, why are physicians not diagnosing it?
  • Did patients who were noncompliant with antidepressant medications need the medications in the first place?
  • Aren't depression disease management programs extremely expensive?
  • Don't national guidelines stipulate discontinuation of antidepressant therapy at or before 6 months?
  • Does HEDIS play a big role in improving the care of patients with depression?

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4th Partnering With ACOs Summit Los Angeles, CA October 27–28, 2014
PCMH & Shared Savings ACO Leadership Summit Nashville, TN November 3–4, 2014
2014 Annual HEDIS® and Star Ratings Symposium Nashville, TN November 3–4, 2014
Medicare Risk Adjustment, Revenue Management, & Star Ratings Fort Lauderdale, FL November 12–14, 2014
World Orphan Drug Congress Europe 2014 Brussels, Belgium November 12–14, 2014
Healthcare Chief Medical Officer Forum Alexandria, VA November 13–14, 2014
Home Care Leadership Summit Atlanta, GA November 17–18, 2014
HealthIMPACT Southeast Tampa, FL January 23, 2015