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Psychiatric Benefits Most Often Covered by Nation's MCOs

Manasquan, N.J. -- An exclusive analysis of the nation's managed care organizations (MCOs) showed psychiatric benefits were covered by more than half of the nation's MCOs -- the highest of any benefit examined by researchers at The Managed Care Information Center (MCIC).

The finding is part of MCIC's report, "Managed Care Plan Benefits Coverage Analysis," which examined coverage rates for seven other benefits for year-end 1997 and 1996. Year-end 1997 data showed chiropractic benefits ranked second, covered by 46.88 percent of MCOs. Data also showed MCOs reported covering home health, wellness and vision benefits between 41 percent and 45 percent of the time. Dental benefits were covered less often -- 36.78 percent. About one in every five MCOs reported covering workers' compensation. And, long-term care was the least likely benefit to be covered by an MCO -- 16.63 percent.

In addition to national coverage trends, MCIC's "Managed Care Plan Benefits Coverage Analysis," also offers regional benefit coverage analysis for the eight benefits examined. The report also offers the top 25 states ranked by the greatest percent of MCOs that offered coverage for each benefit, as well as the greatest year-over-year change (1996 to 1997) in the percent of MCOs that offered coverage for each benefit.

A FREE Executive Summary of the report is available at the Surveys & Research section of MCIC's Web site.

"Managed Care Plan Benefits Coverage Analysis" (product code MCBA) costs $45 and can be ordered by calling MCIC customer service toll-free at (888) 843-6242.

"Managed Care Plan Benefits Coverage Analysis" is also available free of charge to new subscribers of MCIC's twice-monthly newsletter, The Executive Report on Managed Care. For more information on The Executive Report on Managed Care, or to place an order, call toll-free (888) 843-6242.

MCIC is a healthcare publishing company based in Manasquan, N.J. MCIC publishes several healthcare industry newsletters, directories and yearbooks. For additional information on any of MCIC's publications, services or custom research services, contact: The Managed Care Information Center, P.O. Box 559, Allenwood, NJ 08720; call toll-free (888) THE-MCIC, fax toll-free (888) FAX-MCIC, e-mail info@themcic.com, www.themcic.com.

Health Resources Online is the newly-created online bookstore offering managed care and other healthcare related resources and products published by MCIC and its sister companies, Health Resources Publishing and American Business Publishing.


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