The Next Big Reform Challenge is Mental Health, Article by Harris Meyer, Modern Healthcare

According to a recent Modern Healthcare article, lawmakers have begun to focus their attention on “fixing the nation’s broken system of care for millions of Americans suffering from mental illness and drug addiction.”

Mental illness (and the cost associated with effective treatment) has risen to crisis proportions. “Approximately 1 in 5 adults in the U.S.—43.8 million, or 18.5%—experience mental illness in a given year,” according to a report released by the National Alliance on Mental Health. Further, mental illness accounts for “$193.2 billion in lost earnings per year.”

Pending legislation, the article notes, would expand mental health coverage through the Affordable Care Act and mandate that patients receive equal physical and mental healthcare coverage. Alongside its hospital, physician, payer and community health partners, The Margolin Group (TMG) has been at the forefront of designing strategic alliances and groundbreaking solutions that address pressing mental health issues.

TMG’s support in design and development of the HealthPath pilot program in Rhode Island, for instance, united Care New England, Butler Psychiatric Hospital, The Providence Center and its subsidiary, Continuum Behavioral Health, and the largest health plan in the state to substantially reduce total medical costs, enhance the well-being of patients who participated in the pilot and increase individuals’ time in their communities. Since the program’s launch, patients with serious mental health issues reported better access to care and improved coordination of services and supports. Please join us as we continue to help lead this crusade.

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