MNCM releases its Depression Care in Minnesota: Adults and Adolescents report
MINNEAPOLIS (September 24, 2020) – MN Community Measurement, an independent nonprofit organization that empowers health care decision makers with meaningful data to drive improvement, has released a new report on outcomes for treatment of depression in Minnesota.
The Depression Care in Minnesota: Adults and Adolescents report includes new measures of depression outcomes for adolescents, as well as updated data for adults. An appendix to the report includes detailed quality information for 112 medical groups and 734 clinics in Minnesota and neighboring states.
The data in the report were collected in early 2020, and reflect care received in 2019. Measures of depression care include how often patients who are diagnosed with depression receive follow-up care, the percentage of patients who show improvement (response to treatment), and the percentage of patients whose depression is in remission. Because of technical changes to the measure, the depression outcomes measures included in this report are not comparable to prior years.
Depression is a very common condition that has historically been underdiagnosed and undertreated. Nationally, about 15.7 percent of adolescents aged 12 to 17 and 7.8 percent of adults had a major depressive episode in 2019.
“Because depression has such a big impact on people’s lives, it’s important to understand how well our health care system is doing at helping people get better,” said Julie Sonier, MN Community Measurement President and CEO. “We still see wide variation in outcomes, and substantial room for overall improvement. That’s particularly important now, as we know many more people are experiencing symptoms of depression in today’s extraordinary circumstances.”
Recent federal survey data suggest that as many as 25 percent of American adults were experiencing symptoms of depression in mid-2020, compared to about 7 percent in 2019.
Here are some report highlights:
Measuring and reporting on health care quality is important because it helps consumers know how care varies across providers, and it helps providers to understand how their results compare to others and where their biggest improvement opportunities are. Measuring and reporting also help health plans and other purchasers better understand and improve value for money that is spent on health care.
“Minnesota is really unique in the nation in the capabilities we’ve built to measure and report on health care outcomes,” said Sonier. “The measures we track are important tools for getting better health outcomes. There continues to be wide variation in outcomes for depression care, which shows that there is still a lot of opportunity for improvement.”
The National Alliance on Mental Illness in Minnesota has various resources for mental health support. Visit https://namimn.org/support/resources/ to learn more.
For suicide prevention, awareness and support, visit https://namimn.org/education-public-awareness/suicide-prevention/ or call 1-800-273-8255.
MN Community Measurement (MNCM) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering health care decision makers with meaningful data to drive improvement. A trusted source of health care data since 2005, MNCM works with doctors, hospitals, clinics, insurance companies, and state agencies to collect, analyze, and report health care data related to health care quality and cost. Learn more at www.mncm.org.