State and federal reimbursement policies create barriers that prevent many primary care physicians from offering screening and intervention for mental disorders, despite growing evidence suggesting such efforts by frontline clinicians may reduce the burden of mental illness in the United States, according to a recent report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).
Kuehn BM. Report Urges Addressing Barriers to Reimbursement for Mental Health Care. JAMA. 2008;300(12):1399-1400. doi:10.1001/jama.300.12.1399