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Category: Mental Health

Implement a Mental Health Strategy

Over 80 stakeholders participated in  MBGH's April 24, 2019 session  designed to explore the components of a comprehensive worksite mental health strategy. Moving from component to component in small groups gave attendees a chance to share and learn from each other and think strategically about how to design benefits and well-being programs to support emotional health. Take these steps to implement a comprehensive mental health strategy and consider adopting actions shared by... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Monday, May 13, 2019

What About Mental Health and Substance Use Spend?

The spend picture for inpatient mental health and substance use looks different. Spend is being driven by both an increase in utilization and an increase in price. Inpatient substance use increased utilization (18%) combined with significant prices increases (39%) increased spending per person by 64%! Inpatient mental health utilization remained relatively stable until 2017 when it increased 6%. A 14% increase in prices resulted in a 20% increase in spend. MBGH's evaluation of... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Thursday, April 18, 2019

Are Flawed Denial Guidelines Being Used for Your Behavioral Health Coverage?

A recent court ruling found that United Behavioral Health (UBH), a division of United Health Group, used overly strict criteria for denying care, potentially excluding significant number of members, including children and adolescents, from accessing behavioral health services. Specifically, the court ruled that UBH violated it's fiduciary responsibilities and also failed to recognize chronic and complex behavioral health conditions and needs. Read the  article   on the... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Are Your Mental Health Benefits Effective?

Employers play a critical role in promoting and supporting employees and their families mental health as it impacts productivity, health status, quality of life, and health benefit costs.  MBGH believes it is important for mental health and well-being to sit equally along-side physical health. In 2019 MBGH is focusing on understanding how Memphis employers are addressing mental health in your health benefits and well-being programs and we are offering specific... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Monday, January 7, 2019

It's Time To Better Manage Your Mental Health Benefits

Two recent publications from the National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions make it clear that there is much work to be done to improve the cost and quality of mental health services and to deliver on the promise of parity of mental health with physical health benefits. These publications provide employers with specific actions you can take internally and with your mental health services vendors to start the work. Use  the National Alliance's latest Action Brief... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Spotlight on Mental Health

The National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions/MBGH Action Brief "Hope and Healing for Mental Illness is Possible" lays out the challenge for employers this way: " Mental health conditions are the  leading cause of disability  worldwide. As importantly, untreated depression and anxiety are leading causes of  lost productivity and effectiveness  in the workforce. In the U.S., about  one in five adults will experience mental illness  in a... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Survey Shows Two in Five US Workers Missed Work Due to Depression

Nearly a quarter (23 percent) of U.S. respondents indicated they have been diagnosed with depression in their lifetime and two in five (nearly 40 percent) of those patients reported taking time off of work – an average of 10 days a year – as a result of their diagnosis.  These findings are just a few of the key outcomes stemming from The Impact of Depression at Work Audit (IDeA), evaluating the societal and economic burden of depression in the workplace.  See complete news release... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Friday, November 14, 2014


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