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Working 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.

Why SunCloud Health? A word from Andrea Grubb Barthwell, MD, on our leadership and why SCH may be the right choice for you. Dr. Barthwell formerly served as Deputy Director for Demand Reduction at the Office of National Drug Control Policy in the White House and as the President of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM). 

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 use (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.

Click Here to listen to the podcast: “Addressing the Lack of Continuity of Care in Mental Health Services”, presented by NEJM Catalyst, a sister publication of the New England Journal of Medicine, featuring an Interview with Kim Dennis, MD, David Newton, MBA and Namita Seth Mohta, MD

About NEJM Catalyst: NEJM Catalyst brings health care executives, clinical leaders, and clinicians together to share innovative ideas and practical applications for enhancing the value of health care delivery. From a network of top thought leaders, experts, and advisers, their digital publication, quarterly events, and qualified Insights Council provide real-life examples and actionable solutions to help organizations address urgent challenges affecting health care.

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.

Emily Long, Clinical Intern, describes the unique benefits to patients receiving treatment at SunCloud Health.
Kim Cimino, LMFT and Clinical Director on patient growth under the SunCloud Health model for recovery

Alexander Chevalier, MD, provides an overview of the initial evaluation and assessment a patient goes through when starting treatment at SunCloud Health.

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 integrated 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.

Shale Marks, LCSW, CADC, Therapist at SunCloud Health hosts this informative discussion titled, Addiction; Drug of No Choice (a 12-step perspective).

Lauren Pace, DO and Psychiatrist on the caring environment at SunCloud Health

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