Policy & Medicine published a news article about the Mental Health Parity and Addition Equity Act (MHPAEA), because the Biden Administration proposed a new rule to require payers to come into compliance with a 2008 mental health parity law.
The article mentions URAC’s support for the proposed rule and also notes that URAC offers an accreditation program for mental health parity.
There was also a Technical Release requesting comments from the public about Non-Quantitative Treatment Limitations. The release also discusses potential enforcement safe harbors, which would demonstrate that participants, beneficiaries, and enrollees have comparable access to Mental Health and Medical/Surgical services. Other commentators have touched on the potential for a safe harbor that would afford an easier path to compliance. What this looks like is unclear at the moment but could include existing frameworks such as accreditation.
URAC is convening a Parity Leaders Summit in September and will produce and share combined feedback from the Summit.
Mental Health Parity Accreditation developed by URAC, the nation’s leading independent health care accreditor, provides a framework for organizations to become and stay compliant with the MHPAEA act.