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Accession Number:

AD1155048

Title:

VA Mental Health: VHA Improved Certain Prescribing Practices, but Needs to Strengthen Treatment Plan Oversight

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Report Date:

2019-06-17

Abstract:

VA's mental health care providers have options, such as medication and therapy, to treat veterans with mental health conditions. VA has taken steps to improve mental health treatment, such as prescribing medications with dangerous side effects less frequently. However, VA doesn't monitor whether providers are documenting that they have considered different options before deciding on a treatment plan, as guidance suggests. Providers are also supposed to document treatment plans in an easily identifiable way in veterans' medical records, but VA hasn't given them guidance on how to do this. We recommended that VA address these issues.

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52

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2.40MB

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