Growing Need For A Behavioral Health Solution
Millions of American adults suffer from mental health issues, such as anxiety and depression, or substance abuse problems. And, since the Mental Health Parity Act was expanded under Health Care Reform to include coverage for behavioral health and substance abuse services as essential benefits, the need to manage behavioral health costs for your health plan and provide better outcomes for members is more important than ever.
MedCost has partnered with Carolina Behavioral Health Alliance (CBHA) and myStrength™ to offer a comprehensive Behavioral Health solution for our clients that combines more extensive utilization review, experienced case management, and empowering online self-help tools.
Manage Costs While Supporting Recovery
MedCost’s Behavioral Health solution includes utilization review for inpatient admission, partial hospitalization, residential treatment, and intensive outpatient care. Intensive case management is provided by CBHA and follows members for up to one year to ensure adherence to treatment and decrease readmissions for acute incidences, while facilitating transitions to other levels of care. Your health plan members also have web/mobile access to cognitive behavioral therapy-based online tools and resources from myStrength. These services offer encouragement and support recovery as members achieve their desired state of mental wellness.
Unlimited Online Access To Powerful Tools Via The Web Or Mobile Device
myStrength is an online mental wellness portal offering practical, effective tools proven to address depression, anxiety, chronic pain, insomnia and substance abuse and improve overall mental wellbeing. Whether or not members are involved in behavioral health case management or receiving medical/professional treatment, they can take advantage of the resources available through myStrength’s secure and confidential environment, such as:
- Step-by-step interactive programs
- Easy-to-use mood and sleep trackers
- Personalized home page and action plans (based on member’s personal profile and wellness assessment)
- Expert articles, videos, and tips
For a brief video introduction to myStrength, click here
Integrated With Other Care Management Programs
Members with higher usage rates for medical services, such as those with chronic medical conditions, typically have a higher prevalence of depression and anxiety disorders. MedCost nurses routinely conduct depression screenings as part of our Personal Care Management Nurse Coaching, Complex Case Management, and SmartStarts Maternity Management programs. Participants in any of these programs may be directed to contact their doctor for additional follow-up and referred to the tools and resources available through myStrength.