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Bipolar Disorder Linked to High Costs

Mayo Clinic researchers have found that bipolar disorder is a more costly chronic condition than diabetes, depression, asthma and coronary artery disease (CAD).

The scientists reviewed health care claim costs for individuals diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

Specialty care costs (the costs of seeing any specialist and all tests ordered) were especially higher for bipolar patients. Results of this review are being presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychiatric Association in San Francisco.

“Psychiatric care costs represented only a portion of the specialty care costs for these chronic conditions, explains Mark Williams, M.D., a Mayo Clinic psychiatrist and lead researcher. This suggests that many of the specialty costs for bipolar patients are not directly related to seeing a mental health provider.”

A data review of health care claims over a four-year period, showed patients with bipolar disorder had significantly higher total per member per month costs when compared with the other groups.

Only patients with both CAD and diabetes had higher costs than patients with bipolar disorder. Total costs, specialty care visits, specialty care costs, outpatient psychiatric costs and outpatient psychiatric visits were compared.

Source: Mayo Clinic

Bipolar Disorder Linked to High Costs

Rick Nauert PhD

Rick Nauert, PhDDr. Rick Nauert has over 25 years experience in clinical, administrative and academic healthcare. He is currently an associate professor for Rocky Mountain University of Health Professionals doctoral program in health promotion and wellness. Dr. Nauert began his career as a clinical physical therapist and served as a regional manager for a publicly traded multidisciplinary rehabilitation agency for 12 years. He has masters degrees in health-fitness management and healthcare administration and a doctoral degree from The University of Texas at Austin focused on health care informatics, health administration, health education and health policy. His research efforts included the area of telehealth with a specialty in disease management.

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Nauert PhD, R. (2015). Bipolar Disorder Linked to High Costs. Psych Central. Retrieved on May 21, 2018, from https://psychcentral.com/news/2009/05/22/bipolar-disorder-linked-to-high-costs/6046.html

 

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