American Academy of Pediatrics endorses universal adolescent depression screening for children age 12 and over

Last week, the AAP published updated medical guidelines on adolescent depression for the first time in 10 years to help equip pediatricians to identify and treat children suffering from depression.  Included in these guidelines are an endorsement for universal adolescent depression screening for those 12 and older.

Vault makes universal screening easy by offering both a patient and parent-reported pediatric depression test.  The test begins with a screen that continues into a full assessment and even a Suicidal Thoughts or Plans evaluation if the patient is meeting criteria.

Behavioral Health Integration into Primary Care

Behavioral health integration into primary care is a key ingredient in achieving the triple aim of providing better care, achieving better health and doing it at a lower cost. As this becomes more recognized, we’re seeing payers offer reimbursement opportunities to fund the integration of care, such as the Chronic Care management code and the four new G-codes that CMS is proposing to separate payment for services covering behavioral health integration (BHI) in the primary care setting: GPPP1, GPPP2, GPPP3, GPPPX. These are additional billing opportunities to the existing testing and screening codes that can be used with Vault to help fund behavioral health integration.

Learn more about how clinics are integrating care in the following article:,0&GUID=C3681825-B970-452C-83CF-CF1A326C628A&rememberme=1&ts=06122016.