Primary Care Physicians
Primary care physicians often face challenges integrating behavioral healthcare into their practices. They often lack access to the case management support and consulting psychiatrists necessary to allow them to serve the full range of behavioral health needs of their patients. And when seeking to refer a patient to a psychiatrist, they often have difficult finding one, in part because of the shortage of psychiatrists of accepting the patient’s health insurance.* AXIS Healthcare helps primary care and family practices solve these problems in three ways:
We offer a unique collaborative care service through our affiliation with Mindoula Health (www.mindoula.com), enabling the virtual integration of behavioral health case management and consulting psychiatrists at no cost to your practice.
- We accept psychiatry referrals of patients with Blue Cross Blue Shield, Carefirst, Aetna, Cigna, United Behavioral Health, Medicare, Medicaid, and other major health insurer, and also provide referrals and linkages to a wide range of behavioral health services and resources in the community.
- We help ensure that top-quality behavioral health services are available at each and every step in the continuum of care as part of the management and consulting services we provide to community hospitals and healthcare system, and to senior living facilities.
*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.