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Utilization and spending on mental health services among children and youths with commercial insurance

JAMA Network Open

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About The Study: After comparing mental health care service utilization and spending rates for children and youths with commercial insurance across three periods from January 2019 through August 2022, this study found differences between periods as well as different rates of change within each period for both visit types (in-person and telehealth), even after accounting for state and patient sex. Utilization and spending increased over the entire timeframe. Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, anxiety disorders, and adjustment disorder accounted for most visits and spending in all phases.

Authors: Mariah M. Kalmin, Ph.D., of the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica, California is the corresponding author.

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(doi: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2023.36979)

Editor’s Note: Please see the article for additional information, including other authors, author contributions and affiliations, conflict of interest and financial disclosures, and funding and support.

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