A Comparison of Benefit Limits in Mental Health

William Joseph Olesiuk, Helen Anne Sweeney, Eric E. Seiber, Hong Zhu, Sharon B. Schweikhart, Abigail B. Shoben, Kwok Kwan Tam

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Abstract

This study provides insight to policy makers and stakeholders on how three types of benefits limits on Medicaid-covered mental health services might affect access for consumers diagnosed with severe mental illness. The study used a retrospective cohort design with data for Medicaid-covered, community-based mental health services provided in Ohio during fiscal year 2010. Log-binomial regression was used for the analysis. Results indicate that limits compared have significant, varying consequences based on Medicaid coverage and diagnoses. When constraining Medicaid costs, policy makers should consider how limits will disrupt care and include clinicians in discussions prior to implementation.

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Medicaid
Mental Health
Administrative Personnel
Community Mental Health Services
Mental Health Services
Costs and Cost Analysis

Keywords

  • Benefit
  • Community based mental health
  • Cost containment
  • Disparities
  • Limits
  • Medicaid
  • Policy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health Policy
  • Phychiatric Mental Health

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Olesiuk, W. J., Sweeney, H. A., Seiber, E. E., Zhu, H., Schweikhart, S. B., Shoben, A. B., & Tam, K. K. (Accepted/In press). A Comparison of Benefit Limits in Mental Health. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10488-015-0656-7

A Comparison of Benefit Limits in Mental Health. / Olesiuk, William Joseph; Sweeney, Helen Anne; Seiber, Eric E.; Zhu, Hong; Schweikhart, Sharon B.; Shoben, Abigail B.; Tam, Kwok Kwan.

In: Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, 13.05.2015.

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Olesiuk, William Joseph ; Sweeney, Helen Anne ; Seiber, Eric E. ; Zhu, Hong ; Schweikhart, Sharon B. ; Shoben, Abigail B. ; Tam, Kwok Kwan. / A Comparison of Benefit Limits in Mental Health. In: Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research. 2015.
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