Don’t Miss the Free 10th Anniversary of the Parity Law Celebration and Seminar
The landmark 2008 Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act reaches a major milestone in October. During the decade since the passage of this federal non-discrimination law, we also witnessed the enactment of the Affordable Care Act, which expanded but also complicated parity enforcement. A recent poll of Maryland providers showed that there is still a need for education about what the law requires.
The MPS Payer Relations Committee will host a gathering on October 16 so members can get the facts in person, ask questions and even get help with current treatment coverage issues. Henry Harbin, M.D. will be the featured speaker with Steve Daviss, M.D. as discussant. This event will be held at the MPS office in Baltimore. The evening is planned as follows:
7 – 7:30 PM Reception – cheers to those who worked for passage and enforcement! Enjoy wine and cheese and network with colleagues.
7:30 – 8 PM Presentation explaining parity, which generally prevents health plans and health insurance issuers that provide mental health or substance use disorder benefits from imposing less favorable benefit limitations on those benefits than on medical/surgical benefits. The focus will be on how to identify common violations, with examples.
8 – 8:15 PM Dessert
8:15 – 9 PM Responses to questions submitted in advance, open Q&A session and assistance with specific cases
Attendees will leave armed with take-aways that can help address parity violations they may see in their practices.
The materials will also be posted on the MPS website following the event.
Attendees are encouraged to send questions they want to be addressed before the event so that responses and resources will be readily available. Please submit by email no later than Friday October 12. There will also be time for open Q&A.
Parking may be available in the MPS office building ($10 cash only). Enter via the alley behind the building from Chase Street. There is an open lot at 1012 St. Paul Street and a garage in the Belvedere, 1017 N. Charles (enter from Charles Street) Street parking in the area is free during this event.