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The Mental Health Parity Act of 2008 will equalize health plan benefits between mental health (i.e., depression, schizophrenia or eating disorders), substance use disorders (i.e., alcohol or drug abuse) and medical / surgical (i.e., cancer, broken bones or heart disease) benefits for group health plans with more than 50 employees. This law applies to the plans that provide mental health benefits. When the law is enacted, 113 million people across the country will have the right to non-discriminatory mental health coverage, including 82 million individuals enrolled in self-funded plans (regulated under ERISA), who cannot be assisted by State parity laws. The expansion of the parity requirements, including the self-funded health plans, are significant achievements that will have a substantial positive impact on patient access to care. Read more »

GPA and two of its clients — Navy Army Federal Credit Union and American Marazzi Tile — were named “healthiest companies in America” by Interactive Health Solutions (IHS), the leading provider of on-site Health Evaluations to companies nationwide. The award is based on clinical evaluations of employee participants across an index of key health indicators. Read more »

ONE CALL MEDICAL

November 1, 2009

GPA is committed to the value and importance of providing high quality providers for all healthcare services with unparalleled reliability. In the world of diagnostic services, it can be difficult to find quality providers that are conveniently located. That’s exactly why GPA partnered with leading diagnostic imaging provider, One Call Medical, Inc. (OCM). Read more »

A commitment to making lifestyle changes is a difficult feat. As humans, we are creatures of habit. What may seem to be a simple goal, such as walking 30 minutes per day, is often an extremely resisted challenge. HealthWatchTM Lifestyle Coaching Programs aim to help employees achieve a healthier lifestyle through personalized plans that include dietary changes, physical activity and stress management. The program gives individuals the education, tools and resources to support sustainable behavior-change management. Read more »

GPA has recently reached an agreement with MultiPlan to offer their PHCS network as the Physician Only option for our new Cost Plus program. Clients accessing Cost Plus have a tremendous opportunity to save valuable resources since facility claims are adjudicated at cost plus a reasonable profit, instead of a discount off of a much higher charge. Clients are realizing significant savings on facility bills with this approach and we are excited about the new partnership with PHCS that will allow physician access through their network and the corresponding savings available.

For more information on our Cost Plus program, please contact your Account Manager or Sales Representative.