Tag: mental illness

The Costs of Unnecessary Emergency Department Visits
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The Costs of Unnecessary Emergency Department Visits

With increasing focus from Medicare on reducing rehospitalizations and shorter stays, eliminating unnecessary emergency department visits (such as visits that could have been handled safely in an urgent care clinic or a primary care setting) and avoiding the need to use the emergency department in the first place is paramount.   71% percent of emergency...

Challenges and Strategies in Psychiatric Patient Treatment at Skilled Nursing Facilities
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Challenges and Strategies in Psychiatric Patient Treatment at Skilled Nursing Facilities

We found Dr. Robert Figlerski’s list of challenges and strategies in treating psychiatric patients in a long-term care setting, originally published in McKnight’s Long-Term Care News, enlightening.   Challenges: Demographic shifts—when staff training doesn’t keep up with patient needs. Confusion over how to properly use psychotropic medications (such as antipsychotics.) Confusion and misinformation about non-drug...

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Co-Occurring Disorders

Co-occurring disorders occur when drug or alcohol abuse is diagnosed alongside another mental health disorder, such as depression or bipolar disorder. Since alcohol and drugs can make the symptoms of mental illness more severe, it’s important to seek treatment that addresses both. To find more resources on co-occurring disorders, visit https://www.drugrehab.com/co-occurring-disorder/.   Drugrehab.com is an...

Telehealth in Rural Communities: Increasing Access to Mental Healthcare
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Telehealth in Rural Communities: Increasing Access to Mental Healthcare

Lack of Access to Mental Health Care in Rural Areas One in five Americans—over 43 million—suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder. With less than half of the mental healthcare providers needed in the United States, many individuals go without care. Less than a quarter of mental healthcare providers are available in rural areas. Limited availability...