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The MidAtlantic Business Group on Health is an association of employer health care purchasers that drives cost-effective healthcare, through value-based purchasing.

The MidAtlantic Path Forward for Mental Health

Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder are at a crisis point across the country.  Health Plan Members face serious challenges locating in-network Behavioral Health Care Providers, the care they receive may not be measurement-based, and the collaborative care that maximizes outcomes may be missing.  MABGH has partnered with the Mental Health Association of Maryland, the Maryland Primary Care Program, and a broad group of stakeholders to form the MidAtlantic Mental Health Path Forward to improve mental health access and quality for our members' populations, and for the entire community! 

MABGH, in partnership with the National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions and the HR Policy in conjunction with the PathForward for Mental Health and Substance Abuse, is currently conducting a survey of employers/purchasers to understand the perceived value of services received from mental health vendors. Key areas include: Equitable Access, Quality of Care, Integration of Behavioral Health into Primary Care, and Workplace Mental Health Support. 

MABGH Executive Director recently testified on Maryland Legislation that will unleash the potential of the Collaborative Care model (CoCM) in Maryland by expanding CoCM coverage to Medicaid recipients. Already covered by Medicare and commercial health insurers, this new service expansion will incentivize primary care practices to offer CoCM broadly across their patient populations, ensuring this best practice in care integration is equitably available to all citizens in need.  More Here.


Despite decades of frustrating efforts at managing this hidden pandemic, rates of obesity continue to increase, especially exacerbated by the pandemic.  The old approach of stigmatizing and shaming people with obesity hasn't worked.  MABGH is leading a new approach; treating obesity as a chronic condition that requires medical management, just as the many conditions is causes are treated medically.  Click Here for a look at how this approach looks.  

Transparency and Safety

Purchasers can only understand value if they can access both price AND quality information.  MABGH is preparing to launch a major initiative to ensure that healthcare purchasers can get the information they need to fulfill their fiduciary responsibilities.


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