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Parity enforcement still lacks federal authority

May 21, 2018  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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Despite recent recommendations and despite new reports of parity violations, the Department of Labor still can’t do much to enforce parity laws. One expert believes the courts are the strongest channel for change.

Behavioral health providers shorted by insurers

November 30, 2017  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
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Study finds physical healthcare providers being paid 20% more than mental health/addiction treatment providers on similar claims, raising questions over parity compliance.

Coalition forms to drive parity compliance in 10 states

November 17, 2017  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
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The Parity@10 Campaign aims to shift the burden onto insurers to demonstrate their plans comply with the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act before they can be sold to consumers.

Executives mixed on opioid commission report

November 2, 2017  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
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The report's calls for parity compliance regulations and training requirements are lauded, but a lack of additional funding disappoints.

IMD changes trump emergency declaration

October 26, 2017  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
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In addition to declaring the opioid crisis a public health emergency, President Donald Trump on Thursday announced a policy to expedite the waiver process for states requesting an IMD exclusion workaround.

Rx Summit: Unlikely political duo teams up for science-based care

April 19, 2017  |  Gary A. Enos, Contributing Editor
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Newt Gingrich and Patrick Kennedy have at least one thing in common: an absolute reverence for brain research that can inform solutions to the opioid crisis.

Fixing the psychiatrist shortage requires multifaceted solution

March 28, 2017  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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It’s ironic that as demand grows for psychiatry services, the supply of providers is at a critical low, according to a new report from the National Council for Behavioral Health. Solutions include enhanced reimbursement and more use of telehealth.

Parity groups seek best practices

March 17, 2017  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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Pennsylvania was recently chosen to participate in a learning initiative launched under the Obama administration that provides states with practical support to help them enforce parity laws.

Network adequacy echoes parity laws

March 6, 2017  |  Jill Sederstrom
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One of the reasons for network inadequacy is that many mental health providers feel the reimbursement rates being offered by insurers are too low, and they’d rather not accept insurance.

Why we must shift from qualitative to data-driven treatment

November 22, 2016  |  Jennifer Steiner
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In an industry historically reliant on broad treatment options and anecdotal outcomes, data is the key to the future of mental healthcare and already is opening new doors for our industry.

Parity panel offers steps to treat mental disorders like other disease

October 31, 2016  |  Kaiser Health News
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Even if the recommendations of the task force are successfully implemented, true parity will only come from erasing the lines between “mental” and “physical” healthcare.

The least you need to know about the parity task force report

October 28, 2016  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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The federal parity task force issued its recommendations this week, calling for better support to implement and enforce the laws.

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