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Men less likely than women to seek mental healthcare during COVID-19

Healthcare Finance | June 18, 2020
By: Jeff Lagasse, Associate Editor

Men are dying at higher rates from COVID-19 than are women, and there are likely many reasons for that trend, from potentially weaker immune systems to riskier choices surrounding alcohol and tobacco use. But the pandemic is putting the spotlight on another issue disproportionately affecting men: mental health.





Big Data Takes on the Silent Epidemic of Undiagnosed Behavioral Health Conditions

HIT Consultant | June 5, 2020
By: Jeremiah Stone, Ontrak, Inc. Chief Technology Officer

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, a study found that almost half of Americans will experience an episode of mental illness in their lives, but may never get the diagnosis and treatment they need. In a more recent finding, over 25% of American adults now meet the criteria for a diagnosis of severe mental distress.





Human intervention is imperative to address social determinants of health in the face of Covid-19

While it seems paradoxical to talk about the human touch in a time of social distancing, it is clear that successfully managing SDOH issues during a pandemic requires, in addition to technology, creative thinking and a passion for resolving whatever challenges arise.

MedCity News | May 22, 2020
By Julia Wright, MD, Ontrak, Inc. Chief Medical Officer

It is widely recognized that socioeconomic factors have a profound impact on health outcomes. Addressing these social determinants of health (SDOH) is an essential part of “total care,” with physical and behavioral healthcare being the other primary components. However, this calls for a deep understanding of how these elements are interconnected, and from a practical standpoint, requires concerted focus and capacity to remove social and economic barriers standing in the way of better health outcomes.





America’s Healthcare Insurers Should Fully Cover Behavioral Healthcare During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Like so many other preventive care actions, it is less costly to pay for behavioral health coaching now than an exorbitant hospital bill later

Thrive Global | THRIVING IN THE NEW NORMAL | April 8, 2020
By Terren Peizer; Ontrak, Inc. Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer

As COVID-19 cases and fatalities mount, even the most rock-steady among us feel our anxiety rising.

Now imagine being one of the 40 million U.S. adults with an untreated anxiety disorder.

Even under “normal” times (read: when every news source isn’t filled with stories about a deadly global pandemic) people with an anxiety disorder are six times more likely to be hospitalized for psychiatric disorders than those who do not suffer from anxiety disorders. With real, tangible anxiety drivers such as cable news “death tickers” now confronting them constantly, the likelihood that they will end up in a hospital grows exponentially.





Health Plan Members with Diabetes Experience 46% Decline in Medical Claims Costs with OnTrak Program

Ontrak Diabetes Study

Based on a cohort of 722 serially enrolled health plan members living with diabetes, the OnTrak Program reduced per-member-per-month (PMPM) health plan spending compared to pre-enrollment by nearly 50% and demonstrated a reduction in inpatient admissions, inpatient days, and emergency department (ED) visits.




Industry Voices—How doctors and other healthcare professionals can help end the loneliness epidemic

By Ontrak, Inc. | Aug 30, 2019 | FierceHealthcare.com

Loneliness is our largest, most silent health epidemic.

One of every three Americans over the age of 45 suffers from chronic loneliness, according to an AARP study. Increasing the complexity is the fact that loneliness, like cancer, does not discriminate. In a Cigna study based on the UCLA Loneliness Scale, nearly half of Americans reported sometimes or always feeling alone—and Generation Z (adults ages 18-22) was identified as the loneliest generation.





7 out of 10 US Adults with Behavioral Health Conditions are not Receiving Treatment

By Ontrak, Inc.

An estimated 7 out of 10 US adults with a behavioral health condition - 39.7 million people - did not receive treatment for their condition in the past year, according to a survey from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Read more and learn how Ontrak helps healthcare payers reduce the high costs associated with untreated behavioral health conditions that worsen chronic medical disease.





Health Firm Taps AI to Undertake Loneliness Epidemic

Business Insider Intelligence; DIGITAL HEALTH PRO
Zoë LaRock | May 13, 2019

Los Angeles-based healthcare consulting firm Catasys — which contracts with insurers across the US — updated its OnTrak program with an AI-enabled capability to help identify and tailor treatment for loneliness, a pervasive social issue that breeds a slew of health issues. The AI platform uses natural language processing and machine learning capabilities to assess members, and it'll be embedded into OnTrak, which connects members with a suite of virtual and in-person behavioral health services. Insurers could benefit from investing in solutions that tackle loneliness: Over one-third of adults ages 45 and up are lonely, Time reports. And social isolation is linked with the development of conditions like depression and high blood pressure, as well as heart disease, which hit the US with $190 billion in costs annually.





Health Plan Members with Anxiety Experience 51% Decline in Medical Claims Costs with OnTrak Program

Ontrak Anxiety Study

Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health illness globally, with prevalence higher than other disorders of a similar nature. Within the United States, it is estimated that 1 in 5 adults will experience an anxiety disorder, and such illnesses are associated with increased economic costs and disease burden. Anxiety disorders are also associated with increased risk in relation to the incidence and presence of comorbidities and disability, as well as all-cause mortality. The OnTrak™ Program, developed by Ontrak, Inc., was designed to address such increased costs through improving management of chronic medical comorbidities, improving adherence to treatment, and reducing the impact of behavioral health conditions on medical comorbidities.

For OnTrak Program participants, there was a 51% gross reduction in PMPM spending, from $2,592 in the base period declining to $1,274 during the post-enrollment period.





Health Plan Members with Hypertension and Coexisting Behavioral Health Conditions Experience 52% Decline in Medical Claims Costs with OnTrak Program

Ontrak Hypertension Study

Hypertension affects at least one-third of Americans and many suffer from coexisting behavioral health conditions. Concomitant behavioral and medical conditions lead to significantly higher per person healthcare spending for the 75 million Americans living with hypertension. The OnTrak™ Program, developed by Ontrak, Inc., was designed to address such increased costs by improving the health of its members in several ways including improving management of chronic medical comorbidities, improving adherence to treatment, and reducing the impact of behavioral health conditions on medical comorbidities. The program identifies, engages, and treats the subset of health plan members with behavioral and coexisting medical conditions who avoid behavioral health treatment.

For OnTrak Program participants, there was a 52% gross reduction in PMPM spending, from $2,620 in the base period to $1,267 during the post-enrollment period.





Anxiety Disorders: Scope and Clinical Considerations

Journal of Managed Care Medicine | Vol. 21, No. 3 | namcp.org; By Omar S. Manejwala, MD, DFAPA, FASAM

Anxiety disorders are the most common psychiatric condition in the United States. Our understanding of causative factors has evolved, as have some treatment options. The conditions are generally treatment responsive, but refractory illness persists. The majority of people with these conditions remain untreated and for those who are treated, adherence to evidence-based care remains poor. Innovations in care delivery that focus on engagement will be key to driving superior outcomes.





Office Visit: Identifying behavioral health issues

The Journal Record; Opinion | Guest Column; By Joseph R. Cunningham, MD; July 24, 2018

In recent months, mental health has been a prevalent topic of conversation. From anxiety to depression, behavioral health issues have been in the spotlight, oftentimes bringing awareness to their symptoms.





US Adults with Mental Health Disorders Receive More Prescription Opioids

Davis MA, Lin LA, Liu H, Sites BD. Prescription opioid use among adults with mental health disorders. J Am Board Fam Med. 2017;30(4):507–517.

As we continue taking steps to reduce opioid abuse in the US, it’s important to understand who is being prescribed these medications. View this infographic to see the uneven opioid distribution in America as it relates to people with co-existing mental health disorders.





Health Plan Members with Chronic Pain and Coexisting Behavioral Health Conditions Experience 45% Decline in Medical Claims Costs with OnTrak Program

Ontrak Chronic Pain Study

Chronic pain affects millions of Americans and many suffer from coexisting behavioral health conditions. Concomitant behavioral and medical conditions lead to significantly higher per person healthcare spending for millions of Americans. The OnTrak™ Program, developed by Ontrak, Inc., was designed to address such increased costs by improving the health of its members in several ways including improving pain, reducing dependence on opioids, and reducing the impact of behavioral health conditions on medical comorbidities. The program identifies, engages, and treats the subset of health plan members with behavioral and coexisting medical conditions who avoid behavioral health treatment. Based on a cohort of 985 individuals experiencing chronic pain, the OnTrak Program substantially reduced per-member-per-month (PMPM) health plan spending.

For the participants who completed the OnTrak Program, there was a 45% gross reduction in PMPM spending, from $2,737 in the base period to $1,505 during the post-enrollment period.





How behavioral conditions worsen chronic pain

By Ontrak, Inc.

The opioid overdose epidemic is worsening at alarming rates, and current and near-term proposed strategies are not likely to turn the tide over the next few years. One nearly universally adopted strategy to curb overdoses has been to reduce the dose and quantity of prescribed opioids. In 2016, the Centers for Disease Control released guidelines for prescribing opioids, which were not intended to force reductions in opioid prescribing but rather to prioritize non-opioid pharmacotherapy, carefully consider the risks of prescribing, limit new prescriptions and monitor for the development of opioid use disorders. Despite the CDC’s emphasis on collaborative, multidisciplinary approaches rather than involuntary tapers, many providers and policy makers have interpreted the guidelines as a mandate to restrict opioid prescribing in a blanket fashion.