It’s been discussed and predicted for several years–Magellan is finally going to a paperless authorization system.
The announcement, in the company’s winter issue of Provider Focus, said the change over is necessary “in an electronic age where accumulating a stack of paper work is unnecessary, costly, and even detrimental to the environment….”
The change will take place in May.
There are a couple of exceptions. Denial notices will still go out via mail and Magellan says there are a few contracts that stipulate authorization through telephone, fax or mail.
Clinicians will be able to access authorizations by logging into their Magellan account and clicking on “view authorizations” on the left-hand side of their “My Practice” page.
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Young, educated black adults are less likely to pursue mental health services than their white counterparts, the American Psychological Association reports in a new study.
Generally, more educated adults are more likely to seek out mental health treatment, but that does not appear to hold true with blacks, the APA says. Not only that, but while whites who had already sought mental health treatment were more likely to seek additional help, the opposite was true for blacks. The main issues are stigma and lack of trust.
The results were based on focus group interviews in 1994, 1995 and 2001. The groups consisted of adolscents ages 13-18; and adults ages 18-26.
Black clients reported “lower quality of care” and “unpleasant experiences” as well as “unfavorable attitudes,” according to an APA news release published this week.
“Practitioners need to address the concerns of black clients in a culturally sensitive and appropriate manner, and during exit interviews, they should ask what is appropriate and what didn’t work,” said study author Clifford Broman, of Michigan State University.
The study was published in the APA journal Psychological Services.
- John Nelander, Contributing Editor