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Depression Screening Resources for Primary Care Providers

Diagnostic screenings enable physicians to assess their patients for early signs of illness. Humana has provided some tools and resources here that you and your practice can use to screen for depression.

Doctor counseling patient in their office

Patient handout and health questionnaire

Helpful handouts on mental health and depression, strategies to improve mood and information on antidepressants that can be shared with your patients.

Patient handout to track symptoms of depression, PDF opens new window

A 10-page color brochure that covers what depression is, common symptoms, patient checklist to track how they are feeling, treatment options and physician discussion guide.

Patient health questionnaire (PHQ) for reviewing mood and emotional concerns, PDF opens new window

Printable questionnaire for patients to answer during the depression screening exam/

Patient health questionnaire (PHQ) Scoring tool, PDF opens new window

If patient scores positive on PHQ-2, administer PHQ-9 with patient and use this scoring form to determine degree of depression.

Antidepressant medications for the treatment of depression

List of antidepressant recommended dosages and common side effects, PDF opens new window

Antidepressant Medication Management (AMM)

Antidepressant Medication Management (AMM) is one of the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS®) measures.

Measure at a glance

  • Measure abbreviation: AMM
  • Measurement period: The 12-month window starting May 1 of the year prior to the measurement year and ending April 30 of the measurement year
  • Eligible population: Patients 18 and older as of the index prescription start date (IPSD) who have commercial and Medicare coverage

Assessment phases for 2020

Performance is assessed using claims-based data. Two rates are reported:

  1. Acute phase: Patients must remain on an antidepressant medication for at least 84 days (12 weeks).
  2. Continuation phase: Patients must remain on an antidepressant medication for at least 180 days (six months).

Measure best practices

  • Stress timely 90-day prescription refills to support medication adherence in both phases.
  • Educate your patient on the importance of remaining on the antidepressant.
  • Schedule appointments to discuss barriers to medication adherence.

Antidepressant Medication Management tips for physicians and providers, PDF opens new window

HEDIS Performance Tool

The Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS) is a tool used to measure performance on important dimensions of care and services. This document is intended to provide tips for physicians for the following HEDIS measures:

  • Antidepressant Medication Management (AMM)
  • Follow-up after hospitalization for mental illness (FUH)
  • Plan All-Cause Readmissions (PCR)

This document also includes information on coordination-of-care (COC) assistance to promote a whole-person healthcare approach and assist physicians and providers in focusing on behavioral healthcare along with physical healthcare.

HEDIS Depression measurement tool and resources, PDF opens new window

Assisting patients with depression

To help support your treatment of your patient, we have provided patient resources below. You can also find additional information at Humana’s website:

Getting help to treat depression

Understanding Emotional Well-Being

The National Alliance on Mental Illness offers resources and information about depression. You can visit its website, opens new window for more information.

Contact information in case of emergencies

You also may want to consider providing other resources to your patient, such as:

Contact Humana to request a care coordinator or to connect your patient to in-network behavioral health providers.

  • Commercial Customer Service: 1-800-448-6262
  • Medicare Customer Service: 1-800-457-4708