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Undertreatment of Depression and Comorbid Anxiety Translates Into Costly Mismanagement of Resources and Poor Patient Outcomes

Undertreatment of Depression and Comorbid Anxiety Translates Into Costly Mismanagement of Resources and Poor Patient Outcomes

According to the literature and measured against national standards for quality of care, treatment of depression is substandard. MCOs that frequently adopt step therapy to reduce pharmacy budgets might do well to re-examine those programs in light of the overall medical cost to the system and the quality of care that those patients receive. This publication explores ways in which providers, payers, and employer purchasers can contribute to an overall improvement in quality of care.

Highlights:

  • Why, and to what extent, depression and comorbid anxiety are underdiagnosed and undertreated in our society
  • How HEDIS tracks and documents substandard treatment
  • What major stakeholders can do to improve care and outcomes for patients with depression and comorbid anxiety
  • The clinical and economic importance of compliance with medication therapy
  • National trends in the pharmaceutical treatment of anxiety

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2014 Annual HEDIS® and Star Ratings Symposium Nashville, TN November 3–4, 2014
PCMH & Shared Savings ACO Leadership Summit 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
6th Semi-Annual Diagnostic Coverage and Reimbursement Conference Boston December 4–5, 2014
Customer Analytics & Engagement in Health Insurance Chicago December 4–5, 2014
Pharmaceutical and Biotech Clinical Quality Assurance Conference Alexandria, VA December 4–5, 2014
9th Semi-Annual Medical Device Coverage and Reimbursement Conference San Diego December 5, 2014
8th Annual Medical Device Clinical Trials Conference Chicago December 8–9, 2014
HealthIMPACT Southeast Tampa, FL January 23, 2015