Category: Ideas & Issues
According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), one in four people live with a mental health condition; yet, fewer than one-third of adults and one-half of children diagnosed receive treatment every year. With ever-expanding technology and a significant portion of the population needing care, exciting new ways to reach those who need help continue to emerge.
According to a 2014 IHS report, the number of patients using telemedicine services will grow to 7 million in 2018, up from 350,000 in 2013. Health plans have long recognized that telemedicine can help address the needs of their members, particularly in rural areas where access to care is more challenging.
With CMS’s recent proposed changes to Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Plan (CHIP) regulations – the first major change in more than 10 years – managed care will likely experience a major shift and the health care industry must be ready. Any quick online search on the new regulations will turn up headlines such as “epic”, “game changing”, and “sweeping” – underscoring the magnitude of these changes.