A new groundbreaking report released in Dec. 2005 is a road map employers can use to examine current services and develop contracting requirements for effective behavioral health services.
“An Employer’s Guide to Behavioral Health Services” was developed by the National Business Group on Health (NBGH) with support from SAMHSA, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. NBGH is a Washington, D.C. non-profit representing more than 260 mostly large employers.
Its focus is finding solutions to employers’ most important health care and related benefits issues. Recommendations in the report can help employers examine their current behavioral health benefits and services, and develop contracting requirements to guide their selection of future vendors including health plans, managed health care organizations, disability managers, pharmacy benefit managers and employee assistance programs.
The Guide is the result of a national committee convened by the federal government in 2004 and comprised of 25 leading benefits and health care experts including professionals in disability management, EAP, managed care and pharmacology. Download a copy of “An Employer’s Guide to Behavioral Health Services” by visiting NBGH online.