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Goldberger B.A.,Florida College | Maxwell J.C.,University of Texas at Austin | Campbell A.,Center for Substance Abuse Treatment | Wilford B.B.,JBS Inc
Journal of Addictive Diseases | Year: 2013

Deaths involving prescription and illicit opioids are on the rise, which is an issue of increasing concern to health care professionals, policymakers, and the public. However, because medical examiners, coroners, and other practitioners do not use uniform standards and case definitions in classifying such drug-related deaths, the incidence and prevalence data are challenging to analyze and difficult to interpret, and thus form a poor basis for crafting effective responses. To address this situation, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration convened a Consensus Panel and charged it with devising uniform standards and case definitions that can assist medical examiners, coroners, public health officials, and others in consistently distinguishing between deaths that were caused by a certain opioids and deaths in which such a drug was detected but was not a major cause of or contributor to the death. The consensus statement presented here incorporates the panel's recommendations in four key areas. © 2013 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. Source

Levit K.R.,Truven Health Analytics | Mark T.L.,Truven Health Analytics | Coffey R.M.,Truven Health Analytics | Frankel S.,Truven Health Analytics | And 3 more authors.
Health Affairs | Year: 2013

The 2007-09 recession had a dramatic effect on behavioral health spending, with the effect most prominent for private, state, and local payers. During the recession behavioral health spending increased at a 4.6 percent average annual rate, down from 6.1 percent in 2004-07. Average annual growth in private behavioral health spending during the recession slowed to 2.7 percent from 7.2 percent in 2004-07. State and local behavioral health spending showed negative average annual growth, -1.2 percent, during the recession, compared with 3.7 percent increasesin 2004-07. In contrast, federal behavioral health spending growth accelerated to 11.1 percentduring the recession, up from 7.2 percent in 2004-07. These behavioral health spending trendswere driven largely by increased federal spending in Medicaid, declining private insurance enrollment, and severe state budget constraints. An increased federal Medicaid match reduced the state share of Medicaid spending, which prevented more drastic cuts in state-funded behavioral health programs during the recession. Federal Medicaid served as a critical safety net for people with behavioral health treatment needs during the recession. © 2013 Project HOPE- The People-to-People Health Foundation, Inc. Source

Bouchery E.E.,Mathematica Policy Research | Harwood H.J.,National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors | Vandivort-Warren R.,Center for Substance Abuse Treatment
Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment | Year: 2012

Objective: Most individuals reporting symptoms consistent with substance use disorders do not receive care. This study examines the correlation between type of insurance coverage and receipt of substance abuse treatment, controlling for other observable factors that may influence treatment receipt. Method: Descriptive and multivariate analyses are conducted using pooled observations from the 2002-2007 editions of the National Survey on Drug Use and Health. The likelihood of treatment entry is estimated by type of insurance coverage controlling for personal characteristics and characteristics of the individual's substance use disorder. Results: Multivariate analyses that control for type of substance and severity of disorder (dependence vs. abuse) find that those with Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Uniformed Services/Veterans Affairs, Medicaid only, Medicare only, and Medicare and Medicaid (dual eligibles) have 50% to almost 90% greater odds of receiving treatment relative to those with private insurance. Conclusions: The privately insured population has substantially lower treatment entry rates than those with publicly provided insurance. Additional research is warranted to understand the source of the differences across insurance types so that improvements can be achieved. © 2012 Elsevier Inc. Source

Mark T.L.,Thomson Reuters | Vandivort-Warren R.,Center for Substance Abuse Treatment | Miller K.,Thomson Reuters
Psychiatric Services | Year: 2012

Objective: The study developed information on behavioral health spending and utilization that can be used to anticipate, evaluate, and interpret changes in health care spending following implementation of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA). Methods: Data were from the Thomson Reuters' MarketScan database of insurance claims between 2001 and 2009 from large group health plans sponsored by self-insured employers. Annual rates in growth of total health spending and behavioral health spending and the contribution of behavioral health spending to growth in spending for all diseases were determined. Separate analyses examined behavioral health and total health spending by 135 employers in 2008 and 2009, and simulations were conducted to determine how increases in use of mental health services after implementation of parity would affect overall health care expenditures. Results: Across the nine years examined, behavioral health expenditures contributed .3%, on average, to the total rate of growth in all health expenditures, a contribution that fell to .1%, on average, when prescription drugs were excluded. About 2% of employers experienced an increased contribution by behavioral health spending of more than 1%. More than 90% of enrollees used well below the maximum 30 inpatient days or outpatient visits typical of health insurance plans before parity. Simulations indicated that even large increases in utilization would increase total health care expenditures by less than 1%. Conclusions: The MHPAEA is unlikely to have a large effect on the growth rate of employers' health care expenditures. The data provide baseline information to further evaluate the implementation effect of the MHPAEA. Source

Dennis M.L.,Coordinating Center | Clark H.W.,Center for Substance Abuse Treatment | Huang L.N.,Office of Behavioral Health Equity
Advances in School Mental Health Promotion | Year: 2014

In this paper, we explore the unmet need for substance use disorder (SUD) treatment among youth, its consequences, and the opportunity to address this gap due to the expansion of behavioral health services to school-based settings under the Parity and Affordable Care Acts. We discuss the importance of using evidence-based approaches to assessment and treatment to ensure effectiveness and cost-effectiveness and show how the severity of SUD is related to a wide range of school, substance, mental, health, and health care utilization problems. Next, we introduce the other three articles in the special issue that further demonstrate the feasibility and impact of using these evidence-based practices in school-based settings, the challenges of identifying and interviewing with youth, and the need for a full continuum of interventions. In each of these areas we try to draw out the policy implication of these trends and papers. Source

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