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HHS Listening Session: Strategies For Improving Parity For Mental Health And Substance Use Disorder Coverage

by Richard Bankowitz, MD MS MBA FACP

August 10, 2017

Health plans work diligently to ensure compliance with requirements of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA). Many insurers have already adopted a variety of medical management tools that are used across both medical/surgical and mental health/substance use disorder benefits to help promote access to safe, appropriate, and cost-effective health care.

We note however, several challenges to be addressed including: providing more flexibility in the sharing of information among providers, developing a more robust quality measurement infrastructure, providing validated accreditation standards, and providing continued flexibility in implementation of medical management programs.