Managed Care Minute: April 11, 2015

A one-minute look at managed care news during the week of April 8, 2015, including a CMS announcing mental health parity and billions of dollars in unnecessary breast cancer care costs.

This week, CMS announced a proposed rule to align mental health and substance use disorder benefits for low-income Americans with benefits required of private health plans and insurance.

A study in Health Affairs found that the United States spends $4 billion a year on unnecessary medical costs due to mammograms that generate false alarms, and on treatment of certain breast tumors unlikely to cause problems.

It's not too early to sign up for the 4th annual Patient-Centered Oncology Care meeting. This year, the meeting will be held November 19-20 in Baltimore. Find out more about the meeting and see highlights from last year's here.