Significant Inequalities Between Mental and Physical Health Payments Uncovered

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Medical and surgical healthcare providers are receiving significantly higher payments from insurers than addiction and mental health practitioners for the same types of services, finds a groundbreaking, independent report published by Milliman, Inc. and released by a coalition of America’s leading mental health and addiction advocacy organizations including the Legal Action Center. In the Milliman report, commissioned by the Bowman Family Foundation, researchers found that along with payment disparities, which occur in 46 out of 50 states, “out-of-network” use of addiction and mental health treatment providers by consumers is extremely high when compared to medical and surgical providers. This perfect storm of factors reveals that patients are being forced into more costly out-of-network care, and can mean that treatment is abandoned altogether. When taken together, the analysis paints a stark picture of restricted access to affordable and much-needed addiction and mental health care in an era of escalating suicide rates...
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“Search and Rescue” Opioid Prescriber Education Campaign Launched

“Search and Rescue” Opioid Prescriber Education Campaign Launched
Partnership for Drug-Free Kids announced the national launch of “Search and Rescue,” a prescriber education campaign that gives healthcare providers the resources they need to prescribe opioids responsibly and prevent the misuse and abuse of medicine in their practices. Abuse of prescription pain relievers has played a key role in today’s opioid epidemic. The goal of the Partnership’s “Search and Rescue” campaign, developed with support from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), is to equip prescribers to be pro-active in identifying and helping patients at risk for prescription drug abuse. More attention has been brought to this critical health issue with the Surgeon General’s recent letter to more than 2 million healthcare providers, urging them to help turn the tide of opioid abuse problems facing the nation. “The FDA is proud to support this campaign to educate and inform providers about the risks of addiction and the misuse and abuse...
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Facing Addiction and The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) are proud to announce the merger of our organizations – creating a national leader in turning the tide on the addiction epidemic.
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