Just as physical health care professionals need to assess an individual’s physical health or measure the effectiveness of treatment, so do mental health care professionals. But for mental health care providers, measuring outcomes isn’t simply a matter of ordering scans or blood tests. There are inherent challenges in measuring outcomes in mental health, some of which can be mitigated with the use of technology like the MHT App.
Most clinicians will utilize standard assessments like the PHQ-9 for depression, GAD-7 for anxiety or PCL-5 for PTSD. While the assessments themselves are standardized, it’s not as simple as ordering a scan or blood test as one would for a physical complaint. One of the challenges mental health providers face is administering the assessment itself. Do you administer it during a session? If so, that’s not a very efficient use of your time and it cuts into the time you’ll be spending working with the patient directly. Do you have them take the assessment prior to a session? If so, you’ll have no way of knowing whether they’ve taken it until they arrive and no easy way to remind them to take it before the session. With a solution like the MHT App, providers simple determine which assessments they want to assign to a patient and the app does the rest including sending reminders until the assessment has been completed.
Another challenge in understanding treatment efficacy is how to draw insights from the data you’ve collected via assessments. After all, assessment data is of little to no use without the ability to analyze and glean information from it. And that’s really where an electronic solution like the MHT App shines. By administering your assessments via the app, it’s a simple matter to compare results over time, either for a specific patient, an individual provider or your clinic as a whole. As a provider, you may want to look at how a specific individual’s assessments have changed over time to determine the efficacy of your approach or you may want to view specific questions within assessments to identify any red flags. For those wanting a broader view of the entire staff, you can view results across the entire clinic as well as individual providers.
Utilizing regular assessments is not only a way to focus on patient outcomes and measure treatment efficacy; it’s also a way to generate a revenue stream. There are a number of CPT codes that are specific to assessments including 96110 (development and autism screening) and 96127 (screening and follow-up of emotional and behavioral health conditions). Not only does the MHT App make administering assessments easier, it’s also capturing much of the information needed to satisfy the documentation requirements for reimbursement thus making that process easier to manage as well.
So if you’re looking for a way to streamline assessments, glean insights from your data, measure treatment efficacy, help identify red flags, or more easily generate a revenue stream from assessments, the MHT App can help you with all of those goals. Intrigued? Request more information or schedule a demo today to find out how the MHT App can help!