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Mental Health Prescription Program Named Winner in URAC's Best Practices in Consumer Empowerment and Protection Awards
Date:4/16/2008

Behavioral Health Pharmacy Management Program improves patient care while

saving Medicaid dollars

INDIANAPOLIS, April 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- URAC announced the winners of its inaugural Best Practices in Consumer Empowerment and Protection Awards competition, naming the Missouri Department of Mental Health, Missouri HealthNet, Comprehensive NeuroScience, Inc. and Eli Lilly and Company as Silver Award winners in the Health Information Technology category for the Behavioral Health Pharmacy Management (BPM) program. The program also received an Honorable Mention Award in the Integrated Care Coordination category.

The awards were presented at a black tie gala during URAC's Best Practices in Consumer Empowerment and Protection Conference in Orlando, Fla. During the conference, award finalists presented their model programs to attendees so these best practices can be duplicated in communities across the country. Details on the BPM program are available online at http://www.lillyforbetterhealth.com.

"A Best Practices Award is a strong signal to the market that an organization places a premium on consumer protection and empowerment," said Alan P. Spielman, URAC's president and CEO. "We are excited about this opportunity to recognize these trailblazers and draw attention to programs that are models for the industry."

How the Program Works

The BPM program evaluates pharmacy claims for all mental health medications to identify prescribing patterns that are inconsistent with evidence-based best practices in standards of care, including research published in medical journals. The program then alerts and educates doctors whose data is inconsistent with these best practices

The program may be tailored to identify several types of care improvement opportunities such as:

-- Duplicative prescribing of medication by different doct
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