Short-Term Analysis to Support Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Parity Implementation. Variable Construction and Descriptive Statistics


We are interested in understanding whether parity requirements with respect to specific intermediate services could generate excessive costs to the health plan, indicated by higher average PMPM medical costs. To understand this, we need to consider and account for a variety of variables that can also influence average PMPM medical costs, including plan and enrollee characteristics, plan benefit design, and general utilization. A description of the construction of each of these measures and some simple descriptive statistics based on the total sample and final analysis sample is provided below.

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