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The PsychCoverage Approach to After-Hours Patient Care

As representatives of your practice, we provide the continuity of care and customer service that is vitally important in maintaining patient satisfaction. The RNs of PsychCoverage view every patient interaction as an opportunity to support your treatment goals by providing an added measure of education and support as appropriate to the call, in an approach we refer to as Brief Care Management.  In this context, areas of opportunity provided by after-hours calls from patients and family members include:

Patient Education

  • Assess patient knowledge of medication
  • Explanation of medication side effects
  • Titration and taper process
  • Stressing the importance of treatment compliance
  • Applying appropriate use of prn medication

Patient Coaching and Support

  • Sleep hygiene
  • Self-care activities
  • Stress management
  • Relaxation exercises
  • Lifestyle choices and decision support

Monitoring and Safety

  • Proactive, outbound check-in calls for safety (at MD’s request)
  • Mood and anxiety support
  • Symptom checklists
  • Symptom measurement with PHQ9 for baseline/response to treatment
  • Assistance with emergency hospitalizations
  • Referral to medical emergency rooms

Family Support

  • Referrals to N.A.M.I
  • 5150 process
  • Local community resources
  • Domestic Violence and Homeless Shelters
  • Food Banks
  • Legal Aid

All calls and interventions are documented and reports made available to providers via SEARCHLIGHT, our state-of-the-art documentation platform and secure data base. PHI is protected at all times.

Empowering Psychiatric Patients Through Education

Providing Patient Education Services One of the most important roles the psychiatric nurses at PsychCoverage have is as educator. The vast majority of the calls that come in are from patients who are worried about their new medication, experiencing side effects, not experiencing a decrease in symptoms, or who need some reassurance. There are many […]

What Psychiatric Coverage Means To Patients and Psychiatrists

What is psychiatric coverage? Because of the newness of the industry, psychiatric coverage is a phrase that is not yet well known in the mental health community. “Psychiatric Coverage” is on-call coverage for psychiatrists. Similar to an on-call nurse, available after-hours during times of patient need, psychiatric coverage is what private practice psychiatrists use when […]