How Much Are Untreated Alcohol Problems
Costing Your Company?
Is your company a leader in the health plan industry? Do you provide health, dental, disability or long-term care benefits? Then you know that recent innovations in the measurement of quality standards have enabled many benefits providers to reduce costs while doing a better job of delivering care. An often overlooked area for cost-reduction: treatment of alcohol problems.
With this concern, health plan executive Alex Braitman took decisive action. Braitman worked for Indiana’s M-PLAN, a health network serving 170,000 beneficiaries. As director of behavioral health, Braitman and his colleagues knew that the costs of alcohol misuse and dependence show up in increased healthcare utilization, expensive emergency room visits and more hospitalization.
So they established clear guidelines for the treatment of M-PLAN’s beneficiaries with alcohol problems. M-PLAN based the guidelines on a then newly established agreement by businesses, health plans and experts on standards of alcohol treatment.
This Alcohol Cost Calculator for Health Plans, developed by Ensuring Solutions, will tell you how much problem drinking costs your health plan and how you can help beneficiaries with drinking problems like M-PLAN did.