Continuing Education to Improve Depression Treatment Can Prevent Millions in Costs

PRNewswire-iReach (08/08/18)

New research suggests a link between continuing medical education (CME) for depression treatment and substantial healthcare savings. The research, from CMEology of West Hartford, CT, used computer models to measure the economic outcomes for when healthcare providers applied new learning to enhance patient care. After providers completed an online CME activity on strategies to improve remission in major depressive disorder, researchers estimated how much costs would drop if providers saw improvements in 10 percent of their patients with depression upon completion of the activity. According to their calculations, the estimated direct medical costs prevented for six months would be $5.4 million for individuals achieving partial remission, while the estimated savings for those achieving full remission would be $11.3 million. Rakesh Jain, MD, MPH, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the School of Medicine, Texas Tech Health Sciences Center in Midland, Texas, observes: "When treating depression it is important to strive for full functional remission. The results of this study suggest that CME leading to improved remission rates can have a far-reaching economic impact as well as benefits to patients' recovery."

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