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Family physicians are well-placed to catch depression in patients early – and get reimbursed for it.
Defiant, defensive and depressed, he was the highlight of my day.
The authors provide a quick-reference guide that includes questions to ask a depressed patient to identify suicidal ideation and space for local resource phone numbers.
Patients may resist treatment for depression from a variety of misconceptions about the condition and its treatment. The author offers suggested counters to a variety of unfounded objections to treatment.
Here is what you need to know to code and be reimbursed for counseling and treating patients with depression.
When family physicians provide mental health services to their Medicare patients, they can find their usual Medicare payments reduced. Here's the reason why and an explanation of why it shouldn't affect your bottom line.
The article, part of a series based on research from the Direct Observation of Primary Care Study, will explain how physicians can help emotionally distressed patients within the confines of a brief office encounter.