McKnight's December 7, 2022
Alicia Lasek

Members of the Senate Finance Committee have put the final touches on proposed policies that aim to improve mental health coverage parity under Medicare and Medicaid.

A final discussion draft, released late last week, would put mental health coverage on par with that of beneficiaries’ physical health coverage, Senate Finance Committee Chair Ron Wyden (D-OR) and colleagues said. The senators cited constituent concerns about so-called ghost networks — listings of physicians who are unavailable to provide care.

Evidence of this issue of access to providers has been growing. A Government Accountability Office report published in March cited a study that found wrong phone numbers for about one fifth of psychiatrists, and another 21% who weren’t taking any new patients, FierceHealthcare...

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