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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 "Mental Health: Accelerating Action for Parity and Peak Performance" as a checklist of employer best practices; compare what you are doing now; and identify actions you need to take to better manage the cost and quality of your mental health benefits. This Action Brief (click here) lays out specific actions employers should take to (1) Know the Impact, (2) Break the Silence, (3) Ensure Parity and Affordable Access, and (4) Build a Culture of Wellbeing that includes mental health. 

Meet with your health plan or behavioral health organization (BHO) about how they performed on critical purchaser requirements for mental health benefits and services in the National Alliance's report "Achieving Value in Mental Health Support: A Deep Dive Powered by eValue8" (click here for report). MBGH members have been sent codes to unblind the report. If you need another copy, please email ctravis@memphisbusinessgroup.org. 

Both of these resources reveal that there is significant work that employers can do internally (Action Brief) and that health plans and BHOs can do (Deep Dive). Using the resources together gives you an understanding of the total picture and a pathway to more effectively manage the cost and quality of your mental health benefits.

Posted by Cristie Travis at 4:33 PM

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