USPSTF Recommends Depression Screening for All Adults, including during and after Pregnancy
February 5, 2016 | Strategic Insights for Ambulatory Care
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) issued a final recommendation urging clinicians to screen all adults in the general population for depression, and a separate recommendation advising screening all women for depression during pregnancy and after giving birth. Rated as grade B, the service will be covered by insurance as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, according to a January 26, 2016, New York Times article. This is the first time the group has recommended screening for maternal mental health conditions, the article says.