ALBANY, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
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
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
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,
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.