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Research Studies is a monthly compilation of research articles funded by AHRQ or authored by AHRQ researchers and recently published in journals or newsletters.
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Fung V, Price M, Nierenberg AA
Assessment of behavioral health services use among low-income Medicare beneficiaries after reductions in coinsurance fees.
This study looked at outcomes from reducing behavioral health care Medicare coinsurance from 50% to 20% from 2009 to 2013. The sample of patients looked at included some diagnosed with SMI (serious mental illness) including schizophrenia, bipolar, or major depressive disorder). Data analysis was performed on 793,275 beneficiaries with SMI in 2008 and compared them with costs in 2013. The mean adjusted out-of-pocket costs for outpatient behavioral care decreased from $132 annually to $64, but the number of visits only increased slightly. No association was found between cost-sharing reductions and changes in behavioral health care visits.
Citation: Fung V, Price M, Nierenberg AA . Assessment of behavioral health services use among low-income Medicare beneficiaries after reductions in coinsurance fees. JAMA Netw Open 2020 Oct;3(10):e2019854. doi: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2020.19854..
Keywords: Medicare, Health Insurance, Depression, Behavioral Health, Low-Income, Healthcare Costs, Healthcare Utilization
Kilbourne AM, Prenovost KM, Liebrecht C
Randomized controlled trial of a collaborative care intervention for mood disorders by a national commercial health plan.
This study investigated the outcomes of a collaborative care intervention for patients with mood disorders. The randomized controlled trial was conducted with Aetna insurance enrollees who were recently hospitalized for unipolar major depression or bipolar disorder. An evidence-based chronic care model (CCM) program was developed that included 10 sessions of a Life Goals self-management program and brief contacts were also made by a care manager. Outcomes measured were changes over 12 months in depression symptoms and mental health-related quality of life through two different short questionnaires. Clinical outcomes improved for patients receiving CCM although there was substantial attrition in the program.
Citation: Kilbourne AM, Prenovost KM, Liebrecht C . Randomized controlled trial of a collaborative care intervention for mood disorders by a national commercial health plan. Psychiatr Serv 2019 Mar;70(3):219-24. doi: 10.1176/appi.ps.201800336..
Keywords: Depression, Behavioral Health, Health Insurance, Care Management, Teams, Healthcare Delivery
Fry CE, Sommers BD
Effect of Medicaid expansion on health insurance coverage and access to care among adults with depression.
This quasi-experimental study sought to determine the relationship between Medicaid expansion and various health and financial outcomes among low-income adults with depression. The investigators found that Medicaid expansion was associated with a significant reduction in the proportion of adults with depression who lacked health insurance. Medicaid expansion was also associated with significant reductions in delaying care and medications because of cost.
Citation: Fry CE, Sommers BD . Effect of Medicaid expansion on health insurance coverage and access to care among adults with depression. Psychiatr Serv 2018 Nov;69(11):1146-52. doi: 10.1176/appi.ps.201800181..
Keywords: Access to Care, Depression, Health Insurance, Medicaid, Behavioral Health