January 2019
Employer & Healthcare Purchaser Newsletter
Kentucky and Southern Indiana's monthly compilation of important data, news, and events for employers and healthcare purchasers.
Are your employees receiving high value behavioral health care?
KHC's 5 th Annual Conference
The Olmsted, 3701 Frankfort Ave
Louisville, KY 40207
March 4, 2019 – Reception
March 5, 2019 – Conference
The behavioral healthcare system we have today is unable to serve the community’s substance abuse and mental health needs. Access, quality, and cost are barriers to effective prevention and treatment – but so are attitudes about behavioral health. Research has demonstrated consistently lower payments to behavioral health providers and higher out-of-network use for patients with mental health and substance use disorders, despite parity being law.

Unfortunately, mental health and substance use disorders are not treated the same way as physical health conditions by plans and providers. With increasing suicide rates, opioid overdose deaths, and mental health conditions, employers must better engage with their brokers, plans, and providers to ensure that employees and family members have access to high quality mental health services and treatment.
Highlights of the Day

  • Today's Behavioral Healthcare System | Paul Gionfriddo, CEO of Mental Health of America and a Former Legislator, will discuss how he helped build a behavioral healthcare system that has failed millions, including his own son, and how to change it.

  • Unaddressed Drivers of Poor Mental Health | Four experts will explain common drivers of poor mental health (Adverse Childhood Experiences, Pain, Social Determinants of Health, Institutional Racism, and Youth Stressors) not being addressed in our current healthcare system.

  • Employer Roadmap to High Value Behavioral Healthcare | Mike Thompson, CEO of the National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions, will outline a road map for employers to contract with their health plans to ensure network adequacy of high value behavioral healthcare.

  • Addiction Bundled Payments | Experts will explain how adopting two new bundled payments for substance use disorder incents providers for recovery and remission rather than relapse. Kelly Clark, MD, President, American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM), will present the Patient-Centered Opioid Addiction Treatment (P-COAT) developed by ASAM and the American Medical Association. David Smith, Founder of Third Horizon Strategies, will present the Addiction Recovery Medical Home launched by Leavitt Partners.

  • Latest Health Plan Strategies | Diana Han, MD, Global Medical Director of GE Appliances, a Haier company, will discuss with health plans their latest strategies for increasing the quality, efficiency, and access to mental health and addiction treatment services.
A Year in Review
KHC Releases 2018 Annual Report
"I love New Year’s. I love almost everything about it – the parties, the sequins, the midnight toast (and possibly kiss). But I particularly love the reflection that comes with a fresh year - taking stock of where we’ve been and where we want to go. I am borderline obsessive about creating a handful of personal goals to focus on in the upcoming year and evaluating how I met the goals I set in the previous year..." Read More
"Two years ago, the KHC launched a blog with the goal of improving communication with our members and the community about KHC activities, partner work, local and national news, and industry updates. In what has become an annual tradition, we are ending 2018...."  Read More
KHC Employer Round Table
April 18 | 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Opioids and the Workplace: An Employer Toolkit for Supporting Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery

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National Alliance Offerings
The National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions collectively empowers purchasers to drive innovation, health, and value for our companies, our communities, and our country. The KHC is a member of the National Alliance.
January 31 | 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Webinar: Putting the Focus on Endometriosis: Understanding the Impact of Complex Chronic Diseases Beyond Diabetes and Hypertension

Certified Employee Benefit Specialist (CEBS) credits offered
January 17 | 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Webinar: Eating Disorders - Opening the Door to Address a Hidden Health Crisis

Certified Employee Benefit Specialist (CEBS) credits offered
Kentuckiana Health Collaborative
1930 Bishop Lane, Suite 1023
Louisville, KY 40218
Phone: 502-238-3603