Short-Term Analysis to Support Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Parity Implementation. 2. NON-QUANTITATIVE TREATMENT LIMITATIONS (NQTLs)

02/08/2012

In the original scope of work, RAND was asked to provide background materials, attend, and write up a summary of the deliberations of an Expert Panel on NQTLs to be convened by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). However, at ASPE’s request, we revised the scope of work to develop a strategy that would enable the Expert Panel convened for this project to focus on clarifying issues related to the implementation of parity in NQTLs. In the revised scope of work, we expanded the NQTL study to encompass three areas of activity: (1) consulting with industry representatives on their experiences with implementation of the IFR to date; (2) working with the Expert Panel to create additional specific examples that could be included in future guidance with regard to NQTLs; and (3) understanding the experience of Oregon regulators who had to address NQTLs in the implementation of the Oregon parity law -- the only state law in the country that specifically addresses NQTLs.

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