Follow-Up After Hospitalization for Mental Illness
This HEDIS Measure
Assesses adults and children 6 years of age and older who were hospitalized for treatment of selected mental health disorders and had an outpatient visit, an intensive outpatient encounter or a partial hospitalization with a mental health practitioner. The measure identifies the percentage of members who received follow-up within 7 days of discharge and within 30 days of discharge.
Approximately one in four adults in the U.S. suffers from mental illness in a given year and nearly half of U.S. adults will develop at least one mental illness in their lifetime.1,2 There are over 2,000,000 hospitalizations each year for mental illness in the United States.3 Patients hospitalized for mental health issues are vulnerable after their discharge and follow-up care by trained mental health clinicians is critical for their health and well-being.
- National Alliance on Mental Illness. 2011. “Mental Illness: What is Mental Illness: Mental Illness Facts.” https://www.nami.org/Search?searchtext=about+mental+illness&searchmode=anyword
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Updated September 1, 2011. CDC Mental Illness Surveillance. “CDC Report: Mental Illness Surveillance Among Adults in the United States.” http://www.cdc.gov/mentalhealthsurveillance/fact_sheet.html
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 2010. “Health Data Interactive.” http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/hdi.htm