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Uncle Sam wants you to share your thoughts on parity regs

April 27, 2009
by Doug Edwards
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It’s time to tell Uncle Sam what you want the parity regulations to look like! One of Behavioral Healthcare’s Editorial Board members has informed me that the request for information will be in tomorrow’s (4/28) Federal Register. The public will have 30 days to submit their input to the various federal agencies involved in the regulation-writing process, and the government has some specific areas on which it’s looking for feedback.

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Substance abuse parity is a must. The somewhat yet small amount of research that has been done almost conclusively points to the fact that substance abuse parity is less expensive in the long run than the medical costs accrued by patients with substance addiction problems.

"that substance abuse parity is less expensive in the long run than the medical costs accrued by patients with substance addiction problems." This statement holds true only when a totally (w)holistic, science and evidence based treatment program is in place and ready for long term continuing care, specialty care collaboration with other professionals, and a quality follow-up plan in place to show long-term patient success, partial success, or total lack of long-term success. The old days of the 1970's psychosocial 12-Step model are gone forever. It will be science and evidence based with professional collaboration and long-term care and follow-up or you don't get on the list of qualifed providers.

Doug Edwards

Vice President and Managing Director

Doug Edwards

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Doug Edwards is Vice President and Managing Director of Vendome Healthcare Media’s Mental Health...