Behavioral Healthcare Professionals
Behavioral healthcare professionals often face challenges supporting patients and clients with complex cases. These professionals often lack easy access to consulting psychiatrists who can assist them in supporting the behavioral health needs of their patients and clients with complex cases. In addition, when seeking to refer a patient to a psychiatrist, they often have difficult finding one that accepts that patient’s health insurance, in part because of the shortage of psychiatrists accepting the patient’s or client’s health insurance.* AXIS Healthcare helps behavioral health professionals solve these problems in three ways:
- We offer a unique support and consultation service, enabling the curbside consultations and ongoing consulting support for complex cases.
- We accept psychiatry referrals of patients with Blue Cross Blue Shield, Carefirst, Aetna, Cigna, United Behavioral Health, and other major health insurers, and also provide referrals and linkages to a wide range of behavioral health services and resources in the community.
- We help ensure that behavioral healthcare professions can provide smooth and effective transitions in care and receive top-quality behavioral health services at each and every step in the continuum of care.
*The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reports that 55% of the nation’s counties have no practicing psychiatrists. Between 2005 and 2010, while US population grew by 4.7% the number of psychiatrists dropped. And nearly 57% of psychiatrists are at least 55 years old, which means the shortage of psychiatrists will increase over the next decade as older psychiatrists retire and new psychiatrist don’t fill the gap. According to a recent Kaiser Family Foundation report, the number of psychiatrists in Maryland and the District Columbia is approximately 40% lower than it should be to meet the existing need. Only half of psychiatrists accept private insurance, compared to 90% of other physicians, which make the shortage even worse.