Navigation Links
Medicaid Spending for Depression Rose in Past Decade
Date:12/7/2011

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 7 (HealthDay News) -- While spending for Medicaid patients with depression has increased substantially, there have been only small improvements in care, a new study shows.

Researchers analyzed data from Medicaid patients treated for depression in Florida between July 1996 and June 2006. The patients, aged 18 to 64, had one or more hospitalizations for depression or had at least two outpatient claims of depression on different days.

There were between 8,970 and 13,265 patients each year, with a total of 56,805 during the entire study period.

Over 10 years, spending increased from an average of $2,802 per patient to $3,610 per patient, a 29 percent increase. This increase was due to a 110 percent rise in drug spending, most of which was the result of a 949 percent increase in spending on antipsychotic drugs, according to a journal news release.

The percentage of patients who used antidepressants rose from 81 percent to 87 percent, the use of anxiety medications remained stable (from 63 percent to 64 percent), and the use of antipsychotic drugs increased from 26 percent to 42 percent of patients.

The percentage of patients who received psychotherapy fell from 57 to 38 percent and the percentage of patients who were hospitalized decreased from 9 percent to 5 percent. The researchers also found a decrease in the number of follow-up visits.

"In summary, during the 10-year period between 1996 and 2005, we found a substantial increase in spending for patients with depression, with minimal improvements in quality of care," concluded Dr. Catherine Fullerton, of Harvard Medical School and Cambridge Health Alliance, and colleagues in the release.

"Our findings underscore the importance of continued efforts to improve quality of care for individuals with depression, as well as the need to understand the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of using antipsychotics for the treatment of individuals with depression in the general community."

The study appears in the December issue of the journal Archives of General Psychiatry.

More information

The U.S. National Institute of Mental Health has more about depression.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: JAMA/Archives journals, news release, Dec. 5, 2011


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Policymakers should prepare for major uncertainties with Medicaid expansion
2. Dental Care for Kids on Medicaid Varies by Fees Each State Sets
3. Debt ceiling agreement essential to prevent disruption of care for Medicare & Medicaid patients
4. Medicaid Coverage Substantially Improves Access to Care: Study
5. Medicaid increases use of health care, decreases financial strain, improves health
6. US Medicaid drug lists cost more, deliver less
7. Medicaid managed care plans owned by public companies have higher administrative costs
8. Medicaid managed care plans owned by public companies have higher adminstrative costs
9. Some Dentists Reluctant to Treat Kids on Medicaid: Study
10. Reformed Medicaid program must put coordinated care at forefront of efforts
11. Kids Medicaid-Covered Flu Shots Put Docs at a Loss: Study
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Medicaid Spending for Depression Rose in Past Decade
(Date:6/25/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... June 25, 2016 , ... Austin residents ... the American College of Mohs Surgery and to Dr. Russell Peckham for medical and ... highly effective treatment for skin cancer. The selective fellowship in Mohs Micrographic Surgery completed ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (PRWEB) , ... June 25, ... ... to helping both athletes and non-athletes recover from injury. Recently, he has implemented ... for the Oklahoma City area —Johnson is one of the first doctors to ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... June 19, 2016 is World Sickle Cell Observance ... and the benefits of holistic treatments, Serenity Recovery Center of Marne, Michigan, ... Disease. , Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) is a disorder of the red blood cells, ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... June 24, 2016 , ... Comfort Keepers® ... American Cancer Society and the Road To Recovery® program to drive cancer patients to ... and other adults to ensure the highest quality of life and ongoing independence. ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... Nevada (PRWEB) , ... June 24, 2016 , ... ... Vegas client, The Grove Investment Group (TGIG), has initiated cultivation and processing operations ... in Las Vegas and Pahrump, Nevada. , Puradigm is the manufacturer of a ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/24/2016)... 24, 2016  Arkis BioSciences, a leading innovator ... more durable cerebrospinal fluid treatments, today announced it ... funding is led by Innova Memphis, followed by ... private investors.  Arkis, new financing will accelerate the ... market release of its in-licensed Endexo® technology. ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... 23, 2016  In a startling report released today, National ... by lacking a comprehensive, proven plan to eliminate prescription opioid overdoses. ... of how states are tackling the worst drug crisis in recorded ... – Kentucky , New Mexico ... . Of the 28 failing states, three – Michigan ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... Bracket , a leading clinical trial technology ... outcomes platform, Bracket eCOA (SM) 6.0, at the 52 ... 30, 2016 in Philadelphia , Pennsylvania.  A ... product of its kind to fully integrate with RTSM, will ... 6.0 is a flexible platform for electronic clinical outcomes assessments ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: