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Brandeis University undertakes third national survey of health plans' behavioral health services
Date:5/11/2010

The team of behavioral health researchers at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis conducted two similar surveys, in 1999 and in 2003. The new set of surveys will build on earlier efforts, to provide a current picture of the complex and changing organization of behavioral health services in private health plans in sixty markets nationwide. The information will be collected through telephone surveys of executive and medical directors of health plans and will address major products that cover most of the privately insured: health maintenance organizations (HMOs); point-of-service plans (POSs); preferred provider organizations (PPOs), and consumer-driven plans.

Survey information will be available in 2011 and will be highly useful to policy-makers tracking implementation under new rules and regulations, consumer advocacy groups, and health plan executives interested in learning how other plans are delivering services and complying with the new laws.

"The federal parity law in combination with national health care reform has the potential to transform delivery of behavioral health services. We anticipate many changes in health plan benefits and in the tools plans use to manage behavioral health benefits as a result of these federal laws," said Dr. Horgan.


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Contact: Laura Gardner
gardner@brandeis.edu
781-736-4204
Brandeis University
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