Identifying Stakeholders to Pay for Enhanced Depression Treatment in Rural Populations

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Year published: 
2008
Month published: 
April
Media type: 
PDF
Number of pages: 
21
File size: 
84 KB
Working Paper

From the WICHE Center for Rural Mental Health Research, this study investigates whether two of the multiple stakeholder groups (health plans and employer purchasers) in two delivery systems (rural and urban) economically benefit from improved depression treatment by testing whether depression care management results in: (1) a greater reduction of utilization costs in insured rural patients than their urban counterparts (health plan stakeholders), and (2) a greater reduction in work costs in employed urban patients than their rural counterparts (employer purchaser stakeholders).