Measurement-Based Care at the VA: How It Works

Jan 6, 2022 / by The nView Health Team

Healthcare providers routinely use measurement to determine physical health, but according to Psychiatry Online, only 11% of psychologists and 18% of psychiatrists apply a rating system during their routine mental healthcare practice. In mental health and substance disorder care, about 95% of measures used to assess quality in health plans, or that become the basis for reimbursement incentives, are all process measures. However, despite its infrequent use, measurement-based care (MBC) is a proven, powerful tool for improving treatment outcomes. This explains why it's used by the nation's largest integrated healthcare system: the Veterans Health Administration, a component of the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

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What Is Mental Health? Definition and Key Concepts

Jan 4, 2022 / by The nView Health Team

Mental illness affects millions of people every year, making it challenging for them to enjoy everyday life and maintain recovery. The good news is that most common mental health disorders are treatable.

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Behavioral Health Questionnaires: What Are They and Why Are They Used?

Dec 28, 2021 / by The nView Health Team

nView Health recently hosted a virtual panel discussion where behavioral health experts discussed the current challenges and opportunities for healthcare providers around behavioral healthcare. Among the topics these industry leaders discussed was the importance of using a variety of tools to help support patients’ behavioral health needs.

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The Importance of Outcome Measures in Healthcare: Key Things to Know

Dec 23, 2021 / by The nView Health Team

Devising the right system for measurement in healthcare is challenging but also extremely important. Systems of measurement provide the foundation for health screening, assessing treatment progress, and monitoring whether progress is maintained. When data can be examined by patient demographics and over time, the right measures can help researchers identify whether an intervention is of value to certain populations. Data also helps decrease unwarranted variation in care (diagnosis and treatment), which according to Walters Kluwer accounts for at least 25%, and possibly up to 65%, of the costs.

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Six Reasons Assessment Tools Are Critical for Behavioral Health

Dec 21, 2021 / by The nView Health Team

Behavioral health assessments are one way for clinicians to obtain a more complete picture of a person’s behavioral health and functioning. These assessments, different from mental health screenings, usually consist of a combination of tools that, when considered together, can provide a better understanding of patients, their symptoms, and their life situations. Common behavioral health assessment tools include psychological tests and screeners, clinical interviews, mental health observations, personal and social histories, and clinical record reviews.

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What is Included in a Behavioral Health Assessment?

Oct 29, 2021 / by Holly Wilson

When patients are concerned about a behavioral health issue, one of the first recommended steps is talking to a healthcare professional. Whether it's a primary care doctor or behavioral health specialist such as a psychologist, the practitioner may conduct a behavioral health assessment, also sometimes referred to as a behavioral health clinical assessment. Such an assessment can help identify behavioral health problems and assist the practitioner in figuring out the best way to address them.

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A Patient's Journey with nView Health Solutions

Oct 14, 2021 / by Holly Wilson


October is the National Depression and Health Screening Month — an event to help bring awareness to depression and the need for affordable and accessible mental health screening services. Depression is the most common mental health illness, affecting 264 million people worldwide. Take a minute and watch as we illustrate an individual's journey with nView Health solutions.

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Importance of Depression Screening: Q&A With Dr. Thomas Young of nView

Oct 7, 2021 / by Thomas Young, MD

National Depression Screening Day takes place this year on October 7. This annual day of recognition is intended to call attention to the illnesses of depression on a national level to help educate the public about symptoms of depression and effective treatments. National Depression Screening Day falls during Mental Illness Awareness Week (October 3–9) and National Depression and Health Screening Month.

In this Q&A, Dr. Thomas Young, an expert in depression screening, speaks about the importance of depression screening, national shortcomings, and opportunities for improvement. The founder and chief medical officer of nView Health, Dr. Young is a board-certified family physician with more than 35 years of medical experience. He is a recognized thought leader in the fields of consumer-directed healthcare and population healthcare management and can often be found speaking on behavioral health podcasts and at industry events.

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What Do Patient Health Questionnaires Like PHQ9 Measure?

Sep 29, 2021 / by Holly Wilson

Patient health questionnaires have become a standard mental health assessment tool administered by providers to patients, particularly in care settings that lack sufficient psychiatric care resources. Since patient health questionnaires are so prevalent in assessing mental health, it is important to better understand them. In this blog post, we'll take a closer look at one of the patient health questionnaires most frequently used by providers – the PHQ9 – to explain its history, how it's scored, what it measures, and why its usage may not lead to the most optimal outcomes.

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The Role Employers Should Play in Mental Health Assistance

Aug 27, 2021 / by Holly Wilson

It’s a well-known fact that employee health is directly related to employee productivity and job satisfaction. However, as the second pandemic of mental health emerges, the mental health of employees has become a top concern for 85% of employers, according to a September 2020 survey.

Supporting data from multiple sources, including the CDC, Mental Health America, and Kaiser Family Foundation, speak to the impact COVID-19 has had on employees’ mental health.

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