Nationwide, community behavioral health providers have not impacted Medicare beneficiaries to the extent they have for Medicaid enrollees. This has often left Medicare beneficiaries with low access to behavioral health care, despite recent policy changes designed to expand access to people with behavioral health conditions age 65 and over who are dual eligible. Evidence shows that Medicare beneficiaries often have high prevalence of behavioral health conditions, including depression, substance use disorders, bipolar disorders and schizophrenia. Addressing these needs is necessary to increase the quality of life and reduce health care costs.
- Assess whether Medicare enrollees with behavioral health conditions are underserved in Nevada
- Identify barriers and describe several ways to overcome the barriers that may have decreased access to kept them away from meeting the behavioral health needs of Medicare enrollees
- Identify several strategies behavioral health providers in Nevada can increase access to Medicare enrollees through their centers
- Identify key activities to make services to Medicare enrollees sustainable for Nevada providers
Presented By: David R. Swann, MA, LCAS, CCS, NCC, LPC
Continuing Education Units (CEUs): 4