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How it Works

The CES-DM© is a psychological assessment that can be administered via an internet connected computer that will help to quickly identify mental states of mild depression through to severe cases that carry real potential for attempts at suicide. It quickly identifies a patients mental state to help doctors deliver a more accurate diagnosis and enhanced patient care.

  • Assessment taken on laptop or tablet computer
  • Visual scale for more truthful response
  • Average patient completion time – 2 to 5 minutes
  • Immediate scoring & results
  • Established CPT codes (96103, 96102, 96101) allows for immediate billing to Medicare and most insurance companies . Currently a 97% approval

 

Our Program

Depression, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) , and serious psychological distress (SPD) are roadblocks to a patients ability to heal rapidly and to function normally. Early detection of these issues is crucial.

The CES-DM© is based on the 32- year old, widely accepted psychological evaluation instrument, called the CES-D (Center for Epidemiological Studies Depression Scale). It has been used to obtain truthful responses to questions, via our patent-pending survey methodology,the itemResponse Graphic System (IRGS).

Traditional methodology uses negative – toned questions that adversely influence responses. It also uses statements that have to be translated to a number scale (0-10), which requires left brain processing . Left brain processing can interfere with obtaining truthful , emotion-based responses, which are normally processed in the right hemisphere of the brain leaving no guidance to the physician.

CES-DM uses IRGS scoring technology , positively presented questions weighting and pattern detection . Negative, borderline and positive for psychological distress indications . There is no mechanism for a patient to go back to check on earlier answers. The absence of numbers on the IRGS grids makes it virtually impossible for a patient to recall where a mark was placed on a grid from an earlier assessment; this means that multiple assessments over time are not subject to duplication or adjustment of recalled answers from earlier assessments.

Rather than thinking of the assessment as a “test” that can be outsmarted , think of it more like a thermometer . With the thermometer, we are interested in identifying issues related to depression like insomnia, eating disorders, low self-esteem , fatigue (I.e. DSM-IV criteria). By finding out the patients current temperature relative to both a normal temperature and the last readings that were obtained leads to a higher level of total patient care.