For Providers and Community MembersWorking With You To Decrease Stigma, Increase Access and Help Our Patients Receive The Quality and Quantity of Care They Deserve by Showing Payers the Value of Integrated Behavioral Healthcare
We believe our patients and their families want more health, not more treatment. We understand that the goal of healthcare is better health at a reasonable cost and we are committed to providing just that.
What We All Know
PROPER TREATMENT WORKS, AND IT’S “WORTH IT”: The case for duly treating mental health as vigorously as we treat “medical” health could not be any more substantiated. Proper treatment saves lives and it can save billions in healthcare dollars. Researchers have noted that, “the vast majority of individuals with mental illness who receive appropriate treatment improve….. For major depression, panic disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder rates (of improvement) are about 70%. This is comparable to rates of improvement for people who suffer from physical disorders, including diabetes and asthma at 70-80%, cardiovascular disease from 60-70% and heart disease at 41-52%. The National Institute on Drug Abuse estimates that every dollar invested in addiction treatment programs yields a return of between $4 and 7$ in reduced drug related crime, criminal justice costs and theft. When savings related to healthcare are included, total savings can exceed costs by a ratio of 12 to 1! The National Institute on Drug Abuse estimates that every dollar invested in addiction treatment programs yields a return of between $4 and 7$ in reduced drug related crime, criminal justice costs and theft. When savings related to healthcare are included, total savings can exceed costs by a ratio of 12 to 1! (13). The US Department of Health and Human Services estimates that for every $100,000 invested in treatment for substance abuse (measured in California, New York and Washington), there are savings of $484,000 in health care costs and $700,000 of crime costs were shown to be avoided. (14) In a comparison of medical expenses of Medicaid clients who received treatment, the following savings were noted (measured in Washington): $170.00/month for patients receiving inpatient; $215/month for those in outpatient treatment, and $230/month for those receiving medication assisted therapy (specifically methadone). In California treated patients have been shown to reduce ER visits by 39%, hospital stays by 35% and total medical costs by 26% (14). By working together to provide integrated care, we will be better able to provide our patients with the care they deserve and we will help them save total healthcare dollars in the process.
Many providers these days say they treat co-occurring substance use, eating disorders, mood disorders and related trauma. It’s a buzz word. At SunCloud Health, we actually do it.
Listen to Dr Kim explain why and how.
In November Dr. Kim presented at Positive Sobriety’s Monthly Lunch and Learn Series where she presented on one of her favorite topics, “What’s Addiction Got to Do with It? Understanding Eating Disorders within the Addiction Spectrum”.
This presentation explores the common traits between those who struggle with substance addiction and those who struggle with eating disorders. We know from the literature that up to 50% of people who struggle with eating disorders also abuse alcohol and or drugs, and up to 35% of people with some form of substance addiction also have some form of eating disorder. Dr. Dennis explores shared risk factors, the similar aberration in brain reward pathways and brain reward circuitry and treatment approaches that can be used to effectively treat those struggling with both eating disorders and substance addiction.
Emily Long, Clinical Intern, describes the unique benefits to patients receiving treatment at SunCloud Health.
If we are to make real progress, we need to increase access to care and we need to address the current state of fragmentation both between mental and medical health as well as within mental health itself. We must adapt universally accepted outcome measurements (leading to greater cost transparency) that can be used by providers, patients and payers alike to make informed decisions and to hold one another accountable for their part of treatment and recovery. If we can make headway in these three key areas, more people will seek and receive treatment for their mental health issues, patients will become more healthy both “mentally” and “physically”, and total healthcare dollars will be saved as a result.
We Can Help
Whether you are a Primary Care Doctor, a Local Therapist, a Priest or Rabbi, a school counselor or just someone who thinks a friend of a loved one has a problem, please consider contacting us. We will work with you to find ways to support the individual in need of help, ideally as early as possible. We know from the data that it is significantly more effective to treat someone at the early stages of one’s diseases than once it becomes symptomatically acute. We also know that not everyone has the expertise that we do with regard to the diseases we treat.
If as a primary care doctor or a dentist you have questions about a patient and what might be appropriate for someone possibly suffering from an illness we treat, please feel free to contact us. We want to work with you, learn from you and share what we know so as to create this integrative and collaborative care that our patients deserve.
Community involvement in education, awareness, early identification and treatment is key. We are eager to be involved in as much as we can at the community level.
FOR RESIDENTIAL TREATMENT CENTERS LOOKING FOR THE “RIGHT” STEP DOWN
If you are a residential treatment center, we understand as well as anyone that there is a great need for an outpatient provider capable of providing the comprehensive, integrated care that SunCloud provides. Dr. Dennis has over ten years of experience in working with outpatient providers in the step down process. She understands the challenges and she knows what you need and expect. We want to take what you have done and make sure it’s not lost in the step down. We will work with your recommended treatment plan and will be aligned with you in all possible ways to ensure continued care is executed seamlessly and effectively.
We appreciate that the transition back home from a residential facility can be fraught with risk of relapse through lack of communication and poor discharge follow through, and we also know a patient is generally not “cured” after 30 days of inpatient treatment. We seek to be part of the continuum of care in full collaboration with other providers and payers alike. This often doesn’t start with us and it rarely ends with us. We seek to be a part of the team ensuring that the patient’s best interest comes first and that there are no gaps in treatment during the transition up or down to us.