In 2011, New York State passed legislation requiring insurance coverage for autism spectrum disorder (ASD), a complex developmental disorder that affects one in 88 children in the United States. With this legislation, New York joins 30 other states that have implemented laws to assist families with managing the complex coordination of care required for children with ASD.
To help health plans address this new legislation, Magellan Health Services’ Chief Medical Officer for Behavioral Health, Gary M. Henschen, M.D., will present “Autism Service Providers: Developing a Treatment Team” at the New York Health Plan Association’s Autism Mandate Seminar on July 31, 2012, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Hotel Albany. The presentation will outline professional criteria and quality standards to include in administering a provider network for the treatment of ASD. Dr. Henschen will discuss the importance of team development to promote integrated care.
Magellan Health Services Inc. (NASDAQ: MGLN) has been managing care for individuals with autism since 2008 through a program called Magellan Autism Connections®, developed in accordance with the American Academy of Pediatrics practice guidelines. Autism Connections helps payers, providers and families manage the complex clinical care needs for individuals with ASD, a challenge that has become increasingly important as legislation dictates specific requirements for care.
“The proper treatment for ASD requires a collaborative team of specialists who can provide the full spectrum of care to the child and his or her family,” said Dr. Henschen. “Magellan’s goal is to help health plans formulate a strategy specific to their own states’ requirements to manage a comprehensive network of specialty providers and community resources in order to provide high quality, affordable care.”For more information about the conference, including a list of speakers and registration instructions, visit http://www.nyhpa.org/newsRoom/newsDetails.asp?id=171. For more information about the Magellan Autism Connections program, visit MagellanHealth.com. Magellan has also partnered with Autism Speaks™ to provide an Autism Resource Center for individuals with ASD and their families, available at MagellanHealth.com/member. About Magellan Health Services: Headquartered in Avon, Conn., Magellan Health Services Inc. is a leading specialty health care management organization with expertise in managing behavioral health, radiology and specialty pharmaceuticals, as well as public sector pharmacy benefits programs. Magellan delivers innovative solutions to improve quality outcomes and optimize the cost of care for those we serve. As of March 31, 2012, Magellan's customers include health plans, employers and government agencies, serving approximately 31.1 million members in our behavioral health business, 15.6 million members in our radiology benefits management segment, and 6 million members in our medical pharmacy management product. In addition, the specialty pharmaceutical segment serves 41 health plans and several pharmaceutical manufacturers and state Medicaid programs. The company's Medicaid Administration segment serves 25 states and the District of Columbia. For more information, visit www.MagellanHealth.com.