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Bringing a Whole-Health Approach to Behavioral Health
At Elevance Health, we believe a comprehensive approach is needed to address the behavioral health of our communities.
The State of the Nation’s Mental Health
Elevance Health listens to those on the front lines of behavioral healthcare and uses data to gain a deeper understanding of the people we serve. We developed a report on this subject analyzing more than 27 million healthcare claims and results from our nationwide clinician survey.
Effective Behavioral Healthcare Addresses Both the Medical and Nonmedical Factors That Shape Health
Behavioral health affects nearly every aspect of our day-to-day lives. Yet despite clear connections between behavioral health and physical health conditions, our healthcare system has long siloed behavioral health treatment, making it difficult for care providers to holistically treat a person’s health. At Elevance Health, we’re taking a whole-health approach to improve access, affordability, and outcomes.
Telehealth visits for behavioral healthcare significantly increased during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, but not all people adopted the technology equally. Researchers studied whether gaps in behavioral health care access and outcomes changed during the pandemic and whether telehealth availability played a role in any changes.
The number of people in the United States serving as unpaid caregivers is on the rise, sitting at 53 million as of 2020. They provide care in a wide range of situations -- for children, older adults, family or friends managing chronic conditions, or partners with specialized healthcare needs. Caregiver burden is also rising, leading to negative health outcomes like mental distress and sleep deprivation, in addition to issues with quality of life and work-life balance.