Roundtable sponsored by APA. The event marked the release of a new report, “The Economic Impact of Integration: Implications for Psychiatry,” by the international actuarial firm Milliman Inc. That report found that general medical costs for patients who have behavioral health disorders are 2-3 times higher than for those without behavioral illness. In fact, the additional health care costs incurred by people with behavioral comorbidities were estimated to be $293 billion in 2012. Effective integration of medical and behavioral care could save $26 billion to $48 billion annually in general health care costs, according to the report. The report considers commercial, Medicare, and Medicaid patient populations and includes utilization and cost data from millions of patients. Moreover, it compares data from those with both chronic medical conditions and behavioral conditions with data from those with only chronic medical conditions.

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