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Webinar Replay: The Impact of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act

On May 11, 2016, HMA Information Services hosted the webinar, “Understanding the Impact of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act – Final Regulations.”

The long awaited final regulations for the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act are out, with important implications for Medicaid managed care plans, behavioral health providers, and other stakeholders serving vulnerable patient populations. The new federal rules have a broad reach, with the intention of improving ease of access to behavioral care, benefit levels, service classifications, coverage decisions, treatment protocols, and billing procedures. The rules also clarify the relationship between payers, providers and federal and state regulators.

During this webinar, HMA experts Barbara Leadholm, Don Novo, and Rich VandenHeuvel summarize key components of the final regulations, with a special focus on opportunities and challenges facing states and Medicaid managed care plans working to comply with the rules and government regulators monitoring their progress. Listen to the recording and:

  • Identify key considerations and actions for behavioral health stakeholders, including managed care plans, state Medicaid regulators, and providers of care for individuals with behavioral health conditions or substance abuse disorders.
  • Learn how the rules impact behavioral health coverage decisions by Medicaid managed care plans, including the criteria for medical necessity determinations.
  • Understand how state and federal regulators will work together to balance their roles in monitoring and assuring compliance and what that means for health plans and providers evaluating the rules’ various provisions.
  • Find out how the rules impact the Medicaid managed care rate setting process, the flexibility afforded states to include the cost of additional services, and the easing of benefit limitations.

The slide deck for this webinar can be retrieved by clicking the “DOWNLOAD” button below.