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NCQA Delays Standards for Behavioral Care


NCQA decided not to hold managed care companies that do not carve out behavioral health benefits to the same accreditation standards that managed behavioral health organizations face — at least, for now.

NCQA's managed behavioral health organization accreditation program began last year. Next year, NCQA would have extended those standards to plans that administer mental health and addictions benefits in-house. But NCQA indefinitely postponed the new rules because most plans aren't ready.

Managed behavioral health organizations are raising a stink because while medical plans can promote accreditation status, it is not indicative of their administration of specialty benefits.

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