Key Researchers

  • Managed behavioral health care carve-outs appear to reduce the costs of care and support the introduction of parity (Stein et al., 1999; Steenrod et al., 2001).

    An analysis of one employer’s claims for substance abuse services following a shift from 23 health maintenance organizations to one managed behavioral health care organization reported significant decreases in the use of inpatient (from 10.6 to 2.5 members per 1,000) and outpatient (45.7 to 12.1 members per 1,000) services and an increase in the use of day hospital and intensive outpatient care (7.7 to 26.7 members per 1,000); a significant reduction in costs was observed in the second year of the carve-out (Stein et al., 1999). These findings appear to replicate across a wide range of studies and settings (Steenrod et al., 2001).



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