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What About Mental Health and Substance Use Spend?

The spend picture for inpatient mental health and substance use looks different. Spend is being driven by both an increase in utilization and an increase in price. Inpatient substance use increased utilization (18%) combined with significant prices increases (39%) increased spending per person by 64%! Inpatient mental health utilization remained relatively stable until 2017 when it increased 6%. A 14% increase in prices resulted in a 20% increase in spend. MBGH's evaluation of... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Thursday, April 18, 2019

Really Want to Control Your Health Spend?

1) Understand  that price is the major driver behind spend.  The Health Care Cost Institute's 2017 Health Care Cost and Utilization Report  found that the total cumulative change in price from 2013-2017 was a 17.1% increase while utilization remained relaitvely stable. Overall spend increased 16.7% for this same time period.  (2) Continue  effective traditional approaches to control cost.  Willis Towers Watson's 2018 23rd Annual Best... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Thursday, April 18, 2019


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