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Insurers might reap bonanza from value-based mental-health focus

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Bruce Japsen writes in Forbes that:

“News that one of the nation’s largest health-insurance companies is pursuing an evidence-based approach to substance abuse treatment and opioid addiction could potentially speed up the slow march away from fee-for-service mental-health treatment.

“But Cigna CI +0.33% and other health insurers that escalate their shift to value-based payments could reap a potential bonanza by reimbursing psychiatrists and other mental- health providers based on how they improve the care of their patients, mental-health advocates say.”

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