Living with Mental Health Parity: Controlling the Rising Costs of the Chronically Ill

Living with Mental Health Parity: Controlling the Rising Costs of the Chronically Ill

SHRM 2011 Annual Conference
This session will assist you in developing strategies to control health costs for the chronically ill, leading to lower insurance premiums and reduced employee absenteeism.
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Track: Employment Law & Legislation

Approximately 35% of health care dollars are spent on the chronically ill, who generally have multiple co-morbidities including depression. These conditions increase employer costs through higher insurance premiums and employee absenteesism. With mental health parity, more employees will have access to the care they need - but will the traditional silo approach help them get well? Learn about some innovative strategies that overcome barriers to wellness, using a unique holistic approach that addresses the entire spectrum of bio-psychosocial issues impacting an individual's health.

Date(s) & Time(s): 
Wednesday, June 29, 2011 - 10:00am to 11:15am

Sam Toney, M.D.

Toney, M.D.
A board-certified psychiatrist, Dr. Toney founded Health Integrated in 1996 in response to the growing need for sophisticated care management systems that address both the medical and behavioral health issues affecting patient care. He has served as the National Medical Director for a large managed behavioral health organization and has developed a chain of outpatient mental health centers and both multi-specialty IPA and Primary Care Networks throughout the country. These experiences reinforced his belief that the separation of medical and behavioral care leads to less than optimal clinical outcomes and results in higher costs for payers. The integration of medical and behavioral care to achieve high-quality clinical care at reduced costs is at the core of the Health Integrated philosophy. Dr. Toney is licensed to practice medicine in over 20 states and is board certified in Psychiatry as well as in Utilization Review and Quality Assurance.
LVCC N210-212
Amount of Credit: 
Credit Type: 
HR Credit