The recent announcement about the behavioral health initiative spearheaded by Vail Health highlights alarming statistics regarding the sharp increase in depression, anxiety, and suicide in Eagle County. Federal guidelines recommend screening for depression in adolescents and adults once a year, and for perinatal women at their post-partum visit(s).
Primary care physicians utilize the recommended evidence based 9 question Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9) to screen for depression. This is covered by Medicare and commercial insurance companies (may be subject to deductible and coinsurance). The initial PHQ-9 screening helps physicians identify and measure severity of depression symptoms and can be used at follow up visits to evaluate the efficacy of treatment.
CMM physicians and providers recognize the value not only of good physical health but mental health as well. They follow federal guidelines and conduct depression screening when appropriate to facilitate the overall health and wellbeing of patients.