Mental Health Utilization Trends

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This data analysis examines the surge in mental health utilization since the COVID-19 pandemic.

In this brief report, we analyzed de-identified medical claims from LexisNexis® MarketView™ to uncover mental health and telehealth utilization trends from before, during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. This data brief features key insights that can help healthcare organizations better understand the needs of their communities.

Download the brief to reveal:

  • How much has mental health utilization increased since the COVID-19 pandemic?
  • Which types of mental health claims saw the highest growth?
  • How does virtual mental health utilization compare to in-office utilization?
  • How many more claims of anxiety and depression occurred among children?

Why do mental health utilization insights matter?

Americans are in the midst of a mental health crisis, which lingered well before
and was exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. The initial trauma and continued ripple effects from the pandemic are still negatively impacting Americans’ mental health, particularly teens and young adults. 
Mental health claims continue to rise, indicating a growing demand and utilization of mental health care, despite ongoing provider and medication shortages. Healthcare organizations need to closely monitor the needs of the populations they serve in order to develop data-driven strategies that can effectively address the mental health crisis. 



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