Presentation on New Parity Regulations - Behavioral Health Agenda - Nov 20th @ Noon ET


PCPCC's Behavioral Health Special Interest Group (SIG)

Wednesday, Nov 20, 2013 @ 12:00-1:00pm EST
New Call Info: 712-432-0900, Access Code: 868853#

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I.  Introductions
  • Welcome & Round Robin
  • Housekeeping Announcements
II.  Special Presentation on New Mental Health / Substance Abuse Parity Regulations

On Nov 8th, the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services and the Treasury jointly issued a final rule increasing parity between mental health/substance use disorder benefits and medical/surgical benefits in group and individual health plans.

Join today's call for an open dialog with several experts who will provide us with a summary of the new parity regulations and inform us of how they will impact primary care clinicians.

Today's Speakers:

  • Colleen Coyle, General Counsel, American Psychiatric Association
  • Diane Pedulla, Director of Regulatory Affairs, Practice Directorate, American Psychological Association
  • Tamar Magarik Haro, Assistant Director, Department of Federal Affairs, American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Sandra Wilkness, Senior Legislative Advisor, Office of U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (NM)

III.  Open Dialog With Today's Speakers

Next Call: Please join us next month on Wednesday, Dec 11th @ Noon ET.

Learning Opportunities & Resources

PCPCC Events
Monthly National Briefing
Tomorrow! Nov 21st, 11AM - Noon ET
Chronic Disease Prevention in the Medical Neighborhood featuring Matt Longjohn of the YMCA of the USA.

Three-Part Webinar Series on Cancer Care
In partnership with the American Cancer Society, we are launching a webinar series in December focused on ways the medical home can help patients and caregivers coordinate care when faced with a diagnosis of cancer. Expert speakers will discuss how to support patients throughout the care experience including initial diagnosis, active treatment and survivorship.

Managing Diagnosis and Treatment
Thursday, December 5th | Noon - 1:00 PM ET

Active Treatment 
Thursday, December 12th | 1 PM - 2 PM ET

Transitioning Care through Survivorship
Monday, December 16th | Noon - 1 PM ET
Behavioral Health Resources

Looking at Psychiatry Through a Population Lens
In Psychiatric News, Dr. Jürgen Unützer of the University of Washington discusses population management through partnerships with primary care, schools, and other health/mental health providers.

Annual Thomas Scattergood Behavioral Health Foundation Innovation Award
A chance to win $25,000, this award promotes and rewards innovative programs that improve diagnosis, treatment, de-stigmatization, or support networks for adults affected by diagnosable behavioral health conditions.

Connecting Two Worlds: Integrating Physical and Behavioral Health Care
A new State Refor(u)m blog post highlights how Minnesota and Washington have approached the integration of physical and behavioral healthcare.  Access NASHP's archived webinar here.

Can We Live Longer? Integrated Healthcare's Promise
Check out the infographic on integration from HRSA-SAMHSA (Health Resources and Services Administration and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration).
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