Feeling low? You’re Not Alone.

Nearly 1 in 5 people are dealing with mental health conditions, such as depression and anxiety. In fact, depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide.

Common symptoms of depression include:
• Fatigue
• Feelings of hopelessness
• Trouble concentrating
• Loss of interest in hobbies
• Change in appetite
• Trouble sleeping or sleeping too much

If something feels off, be sure to talk to your doctor. Depression is highly treatable.

Personalized help
Premera has Personal Health Support clinicians who can help you get on track. For information, call 888-742-1479, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Pacific Time, Monday through Friday, or 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pacific Time on Saturday.

Online resources
Sign in at premera.com for additional health information, support, and educational resources.

Tip: Mental healthcare is part of every Premera health plan. Go to premera.com or call the customer service number on the back of your Premera ID card.


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Becoming a Savvy Health Care Shopper

There is enormous variation when it comes to the quality of health care. Not all care is equally good. Check out this helpful infographic from Own Your Health to learn more about how to choose quality care.

Quality is one aspect of high quality care – along with patient experience and cost. See this video about how to make sure you are getting the quality, patient experience and cost you deserve when it comes to your healthcare.

Telebehavioral Health is Finding Its Niche

Health systems are embracing telehealth and digital apps to improve workflow and reduce costs around behavioral health.

Behavioral healthcare has long lived adjacent to the traditional delivery system of U.S. hospitals, but that’s changing as providers and payers begin to view patients more holistically.

In turn, a number of companies are betting on behavioral health, with a new twist using telehealth principles. Vendors Teladoc and American Well for example are stepping into a vacuum created by a psychiatrist shortage, providing complementary services to primary care settings.

Providers are exploring these offerings, and some are seeing a return on investment. But there’s still work to be done to integrate mental health into the larger healthcare delivery system. It’s helping that payers are getting on board, with a push to to combine behavioral health and primary care.

Read the full article at HealthCareDive.com.