Treating Physical and Behavioral Health As One
Anthem understands that to improve whole health in the communities we serve, we must create a system of health that treats physical and behavioral health as one. That’s why we’re working to make behavioral healthcare better, more accessible and more equitable for all.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, four in ten American adults reported symptoms of anxiety or depression, up from one in 10 in 2019. However, an analysis of 2020 member data shows that there was little change in the rate of behavioral health diagnoses. What accounts for this discrepancy?
Over the past year, we have come to understand many of the physical health consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. Though the mental and behavioral health implications are less clear, it is evident that the pandemic has taken—and will continue to take—a toll on individuals’ health and well-being.
Online screening for mental health concerns during this time has become especially important due to a decrease of in-person visits and inadequate access to care for individuals who are underinsured or uninsured.
At Anthem, we understand that caring for a behavioral health condition goes beyond treating both the mind and body. It also means identifying the ways the environment may affect a member’s condition and connecting them to community resources that can sustain their well-being over time.
At Anthem, our mission is to improve the lives and communities we’re privileged to serve; and we can only do that if our associates are healthy, safe and engaged.
February is Black History Month, a time when our nation celebrates the achievements of African Americans throughout history and honors their significant contributions to society. It’s also an opportunity to open dialogue focused on race, equality and other important issues impacting the Black community.
Anthem’s recently published fourth edition of the biennial “Integrated Health Care Report” shows the growing trend towards integrating healthcare benefits is now being adopted by a majority of employers surveyed.
The stress associated with caregiving can lead to negative health impacts. Anthem and startup ianacare are working together to help connect caregivers to the support they need.