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National Report Ranks Oklahoma as a Top State for Mental Health Services
Date:7/21/2009

ns when their patients have not refilled their prescriptions. This is a health care concern because poor compliance or non-compliance with medication treatment is strongly linked to relapse, rehospitalization, poor outcomes, and high economic costs.(3)

SoonerPSYCH is entirely voluntary for doctors. All decisions regarding treatment and medications are made privately between the physician and the patient and are completely individualized.

"Physicians will change their prescribing practice patterns to be in keeping with best practice, when they know what the best practice is. They use the educational information from the program's mailings and, when they do, the overall care of the patient is improved, and we see overall reduction in health care costs," said Carol D. Clayton, Ph.D., vice president, Operations, Comprehensive NeuroScience, Inc.

National Results and Awards

Twenty-seven other states have run similar programs, based in part on the increasing awareness that disease management and coordination of care programs are effective health care reform solutions.

Nationwide, these programs have resulted in 2 million patient care improvement interventions.(4) On average, states that have run the program have seen a behavioral health pharmacy cost avoidance of almost $800 each year per patient whose physician received an educational mailing compared with those patients whose physician has not yet received an educational mailing.(5)

"We're pleased to see how this program is helping improve care for Oklahoma Medicaid patients with mental illness, who represent some of our most vulnerable citizens,'' said Alex M. Azar II, vice president of business-to-business, LillyUSA. "We congratulate the state on the success of this program and its dedication to delivering high quality health care to patients."

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