Behavioral Health Care Quality Among Marketplace Insurers in 2019.

Journal Article (Journal Article)


Using 2019 Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services data, the authors analyzed performance on behavioral health care quality measures among 168 marketplace insurers offering 185 products and investigated whether performance differed by insurer attributes.


The authors considered four quality measures: antidepressant medication management, follow-up care for children prescribed attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder medication, follow-up care within 7 days after hospitalization for mental illness, and initiation and engagement of alcohol and other drug dependence treatment. Multivariate regression was used to determine whether performance varied by insurers' nonprofit ownership, Blue Cross-Blue Shield affiliation, Medicaid-managed care participation, and preferred provider organization status.


Performance levels were highest for management with antidepressant medication and lowest for initiation and engagement of drug dependence treatment. Systematic differ-ences were observed by ownership status and Medicaid-managed care plan status.


Increasing the transparency of health plan quality information is important for aiding enrollee decision making and encouraging quality improvement among providers and insurers.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Abraham, JM; Cai, S-T; Anderson, D; Drake, C

Published Date

  • February 2021

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 72 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 200 - 203

PubMed ID

  • 33334154

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC7855409

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1557-9700

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1075-2730

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1176/


  • eng