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Health Integrated Launches Unique Service for Health Plans Preparing for Federal Mental Health Parity Regulations
Date:3/17/2009

Company's strategic consultation and planning service identifies areas to mitigate costs associated with compliance while integrating best practices in mental and behavioral health coverage

TAMPA, Fla., March 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Health Integrated, the leading Targeted Population Health Management company, has extended its health management program to include a new service designed to assist the nation's health plans in complying with the Federal Mental Health Parity (MHP) and Addiction Equity Act of 2008, which takes effect in October 2009.

Through its exclusive Synthesis Mental Health Parity Planning(TM) service, Health Integrated will help health plan customers quickly interpret the pending federal MHP laws that impact them, and recommend both behavioral health benefits modifications and health management changes needed to achieve compliance and mitigate the increased costs that are predicted to come with the new legislation. The Company has long provided similar services for its customers to assist them in effectively complying with their state parity regulations.

Legal and health experts estimate that compliance with the laws -- which will enhance behavioral health benefits and make them accessible to more members -- will drive up behavioral claims costs for insurers approximately 40 percent, or $2 million for every 100,000 covered lives. As a result, health plans will be faced with the prospect of passing these costs on to employers, and ultimately to consumers, in the form of higher rates. Leveraging Synthesis MHP Planning, health plans can get a fast turnaround evaluation of a number of options for mitigating these increased costs through improved health management approaches. For example, carving-in behavioral health management could save a health plan a minimum of $400,000 for every 100,000 covered lives, a substantial savings, according to Shan Padda, chief executive officer of Health In
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