Depression is one of the most common mental health conditions that affect people from all walks of life. Unfortunately, it is surprisingly undiagnosed, and many people live their lives never fully knowing that they could benefit from services that promote better mental well-being. People with depression are also at a higher rate of developing other health issues that impact their quality of life. Adding depression screenings to your health care services makes it possible to achieve these benefits for your practice.
People can often go for many months or years before they seek depression treatment. Screening your patients helps to catch those cases that might go undiagnosed. Whether you provide postnatal care or dental services, you have a tremendous opportunity to improve your patient's quality of life by identifying depression before it leads to long-term complications, such as addiction or cardiovascular disease.
Depending upon the services that you provide, you might need to know if someone has depression. For instance, a dentist might be able to identify a barrier to a patient being able to perform proper oral hygiene at home, if they find out that they have depression. Or, you may need to know that a patient is at risk for depression when you counsel them about a significant diagnosis.
Word-of-mouth marketing is critical for growing many healthcare practices. Offering your patient depression screening makes it clear that you care about their overall well-being. This increases the likelihood that your current clients will recommend you to other people in their lives. Plus, you can mention the screenings on your company website and social media platforms to highlight the well-rounded care services that your business provides.
Not only can you enhance the quality of your patient's care but you can also bill for the screening. Make it a part of your regular practice to ensure you offer the top care and get paid for it too.
You can work with our company to find medical billing solutions in South Jersey that make it easier to provide the highest level of care to your patients.
At the end of the day, you chose your profession out of a desire to help others, and it is hard to watch someone walk away that you know could benefit from additional care. Telling a patient that you offer depression screenings is a great way to open up a dialogue about this critical part of their health. Knowing that you have provided them with information that can improve their life feels good, and better mental health among your patients enhances your ability to continue to provide them with high-quality care.
Are you interested in adding depression screenings to your clinic’s services? Our team at Mediclinic can help you with billing. Contact us today!