Mental health diagnoses running a third higher for children with Medicaid insurance compared with commercial coverage

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athenahealth launched its pediatric mental health study to determine if pediatrician feedback about increased clinical and operational practice complexity was growing in line with, and perhaps related to, the number of children being treated with behavioral health problems. To shed light on this trend, athenaResearch analyzed claims data from 2.8 million visits, by children between 6 to 17 years of age, to 431 pediatricians who have been part of the athenahealth network from July 2009 through June 2013. This study yielded the following observations:

"Today's report captures trends in pediatric mental health diagnoses across a national sample of pediatricians through midyear of 2013," said Josh Gray, Vice President of athenaResearch at athenahealth, Inc. "We're seeing growth in ADHD beginning to moderate, after years of steep increases, with very high and concerning growth rates for anxiety, depression, and eating disorders. Mental health diagnoses are now running about a third higher for children with Medicaid insurance compared with commercial coverage. As clinicians and researchers continue to seek a deeper understanding of mental illness among children, we're happy to contribute timely data to the national dialogue."


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