Behavioral health is the scientific study of the emotions, behaviors, and biology of an individual’s mental well-being, his ability to function in a typical day to day life, and his concept of self. A person’s health behavior can be determined by his common habits like the ways of communicating, eating, walking, reacting in certain situations, etc. Good behavioral health involves engaging in activities that help you in maintaining an ideal mental and physical balance.
People with poor behavioral health often need behavioral health consultations by healthcare professionals such as psychiatrists. Hospitals and health systems provide accessible behavioral health care services to patients so that they can overcome their behavior issues.
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Now in its twelfth year, the National Conference on Addiction Disorders is the premier educational and networking event for addiction, behavioral, and mental health professionals. At NCAD East, you’ll find yourself among like-minded peers, learning and addressing the significant challenges we must overcome. Especially in the face of a pandemic, our work can not stop. We can’t afford for more lives to be lost.
COVID-19, its economic fallout, and the companion global confrontation with issues of social justice have together caused enormous strain on the mental and behavioral health of people across the country. There have been spikes in anxiety, depression, and other behavioral health issues as people navigate these complexities, intensifying the need for access to treatment.
As it has grown into the largest behavioral health conference in the Southeast, BHCon attracts more than 1,400 professionals, executives, exhibitors, and volunteers each year. BHCon2021 will operate with COVID-19 precautions in mind in addition to CDC and Orange County guidelines in place. Our live, in-person event will also be accompanied by a virtual, on-demand event on our Attendee Hub available for two weeks after the live event for those who want additional CEs and those who cannot make it to Orlando.
The webinar will explore the new technologies, strategies, and programs being developed that are promising to make the next few years a truly transformative moment for behavioral health. The webinar will also discuss the wide spectrum of care options that are now available for behavioral health. For example, the development of innovative apps and the increasing popularity of telehealth services are delivering multiple new ways to conveniently access behavioral health services. Managed behavioral healthcare companies are now offering programs such as employee assistance programs, organizational consulting, and health coaching programs. Other companies are developing new ways for patients who need clinical support to connect with therapists.
Millions of Americans with behavioral health conditions aren’t receiving needed care due to myriad barriers to care. Further, a recent Milliman analysis found individuals with behavioral health conditions are major drivers of cost in the US health care system – inflating costs by up to 6-7 times compared to non-behavioral health populations. These higher costs are largely driven by increased utilization of emergency department and inpatient stays, which often function as primary care for individuals with untreated behavioral health issues that cause or exacerbate chronic medical comorbidities. The high-cost behavioral health group in the analysis accounted for only 5.7% of the total population, yet drove 44% of total healthcare costs, with little to none spent on behavioral healthcare. The result for health insurance providers is that a small, complex population is driving millions of dollars in avoidable spending.
Behavioral health care is needed now more than ever. Due to the nationwide shortage of psychiatrists, many individuals seek mental health care from their primary care providers, many of whom lack the capacity to manage mental health conditions due to brief appointment times and the competing demands of preventative care. As a result, many refer patients to outside clinicians for behavioral health services. Unfortunately, this fragmentation makes it difficult to align mental and physical health care, which can compromise patient outcomes, particularly for those with complex needs. Read on ahip.org
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