by Wyn Staheli, Director of Content - innoviHealth
Jan 1st, 2014 - Reviewed/Updated Oct 4th
There are numerous types of behavioral health screening tools for a variety of healthcare providers. Some, like the AUDIT and SBIRT are especially applicable to primary care providers caring for Medicare beneficiaries.
This page includes some general information and resources for some of these screening tools. Let us know if you would like others included here as well.
AUDIT - Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test
10 Question survey - can be done as interview or as patient completed questionnaire.
DAST - Drug Abuse Screening Test
20 Question survey focused primarily on drugs instead of alcohol.
MAST - Michigan Alcoholism Screening Test
25 Question survey for greater details and quantitative data. CLICK HERE to download the questionnaire.
MSE - Mental Status Exam
To be used with codes .... or as patient completed questionnaire.
SBIRT - Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment
Coverage of the set types of services varies by payer. Some types of screenings are covered as preventative services, so check with payers to determine their policies. Medicare has produced an informative fact sheet to help understand what is required. CLICK HERE to read more and download the Medicare SBIRT Fact Sheet.
About Wyn Staheli, Director of Content - innoviHealth
Wyn Staheli is the Director of Content Research for innovHealth. She has over 30 years of experience in the healthcare industry. With her degree in Management Information Systems (MIS), she has been a programmer for a large insurance carrier as well as a California hospital system. She is also the author and editor of many medical resource books and the founder of InstaCode Institute.