Aetna, a CVS Health® company, in collaboration with Psych Hub, launched a specialty provider network with a sole focus on suicide prevention. Psych Hub is a platform for mental health education. The joint effort is intended to provide Aetna’s provider organization network with no-cost, evidence-based instruction, tools, and resources to identify and treat Aetna members at risk of suicide. This initiative is part of Aetna’s efforts to reduce the incidence of suicide attempts by 20% among Aetna members by 2025.
Aetna co-designed the curriculum with Psych Hub. The curriculum will be available to the , 283,000 behavioral health and employee assistance program clinical professionals in Aetna’s network, as well as Aetna’s internal clinical professionals. CVS Health licensed clinical social workers, who provide counseling and other mental health services at MinuteClinic in select HealthHUB locations, also have access to the training.
The program features a series of eLearning courses created by Psych Hub in partnership with leading experts at Columbia University, University of Pennsylvania, and Harvard University. The participating clinical professionals receive certification in suicide prevention after completing all the courses and submitting a case study assignment. Psych Hub’ s unique approach to learning uses expert instruction and role play, scenario-based planning, video instruction, and access to resources and homework tools for patients. Courses are eligible for Continuing Education (CE) credits.
In addition to this network, Aetna uses suicide prevention screening and safety planning for all members seen by clinical staff, even if they are not presenting as “at risk” and offers several specialty suicide risk-reducing evidence-based programs as available outpatient resources. Aetna also continues to be the only health insurer to send caring contact postcards to “touch base” with members who have been discharged from an inpatient stay after a suicide attempt with messaging to let them know that they are valued, and that support and resources are available to them.
Aetna was acquired by CVS Health on November 28, 2018. Aetna serves an estimated 38 million people, and offers a broad range of traditional, voluntary and consumer-directed health insurance products and related services, including medical, pharmacy, dental and behavioral health plans, and medical management capabilities, Medicaid health care management services, workers’ compensation administrative services and health information technology products and services.
This was reported by Aetna, a CVS Health® Company on June 21, 2021.
Contact information: Aetna, a CVS Health® Company, One CVS Drive, Mail Code 1200, Woonsocket, Rhode Island 02895; Website: https://cvshealth.com/news-and-insights/articles/aetna-launches-specialty-provider-network-to-prevent-suicide
Contact information: Psych Hub, 1200 Broadway #2111, Nashville, TN, 37203; 866-779-2482; Website: https://psychhub.com/