Bullying may seem like an issue that only kids encounter; however, it’s an issue becoming far more relevant in the workplace. When employers don’t address workplace bullying, they could see higher healthcare costs and absenteeism.
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New Mental Health Parity Report Highlights Key Areas of Concern for Employers and Health Plans
Milliman USA recently released a new report on mental health parity. Employers should carefully review and discuss the report with their insurance carriers or Third Party Administrators (TPA). The report, which reviewed claims from 2013-2015, shows significantly higher use of out of network addiction and behavioral health providers than of physical health and surgical providers, demonstrating that across the country networks for mental health and substance use disorders are inadequate. The study additionally compares reimbursement rates for psychiatry verses all other physicians and almost uniformly shows that psychiatrists are paid significantly less than other physicians for comparable work. The report discusses the potential parity implications of this through the lens of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act.
Under the federal mental health parity laws, the plan itself is responsible for these violations even when the insurance company or TPA creates the plan design. Employers subject to the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act should closely review this report, the adequacy of their own plan networks and the reimbursement rates offered to mental health care providers to ensure they are in full compliance with the parity laws.
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