Nationally-Recognized Thought Leaders Join CHQI’s Mental Health Parity Accreditation Team
CHQI’s New Mental Health and Substance Abuse Disorder (MH/SUD) Parity Accreditation Program Promotes Health Plan Parity Compliance 

Annapolis, MD / December 19, 2018 – ClearHealth Quality InstituteTM (CHQI), an independent health care accrediting body, announces the addition of two national thought leaders to its parity accreditation review team in support of the approaching launch of its new Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder (MH/SUD) Parity Accreditation Program.

The CHQI MH/SUD Parity Accreditation Program assists health plans in ensuring full compliance with federal and state parity laws through a rigorous review of its plan offerings supplemented by a proprietary online tool that allows a health plan to test each of its plan benefits.

The new parity accreditation reviewers include:

  • Kevin Malone, JD, Parity Accreditation Program Director and Legal Reviewer
  • Monique Yohanan, MD, Senior Clinical Reviewer

“These talented individuals will work with CHQI’s in-house administrative reviewers, creating a dynamic team that will provide a best-in-class accreditation experience,” said Michael Gomes, CEO, CHQI.  “It is exciting that CHQI can bring together such accomplished national experts as we prepare for the launch of our new Parity Accreditation Program.”

Kevin Malone, JD, first started working with CHQI this summer helping draft the MH/SUD Parity Accreditation Program Standards and Guide, version 1.0. “The new Parity Accreditation Program Standards create a roadmap for health plans, employers and others to better understand and implement a meaningful parity compliance program,” notes Malone. “In addition, CHQI has also developed an online accreditation portal that allows subscribers to organize and document their parity compliance activities.”  Malone previously served as a health insurance specialist for the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and as an analyst for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Monique Yohanan, MD brings to CHQI expertise on evidence-based behavioral health guidelines as the former senior physician editor for MCG Health, among other accomplishments.  “After serving on CHQI’s Advisory Board, I am excited to leverage my skills in support of the new Parity Accreditation Program, which includes access to a comprehensive Regulatory Compliance Guide,” notes Yohanan. “The document offers a comprehensive interpretation of the federal parity regulatory and sub-regulatory guidance, making it an invaluable resource for applicants preparing for accreditation.”

CHQI is now offering demos of the new MH/SUD Parity Accreditation Program to qualified health plans and potential clients. To request a demo or learn more about CHQI, visit www.chqi.com or call (410) 756-1300.

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About ClearHealth Quality Institute™ (www.CHQI.com)
ClearHealth Quality Institute’s (CHQI) mission is to promote quality-based practices for health plans, providers and other stakeholders across the United States and its territories. Our accreditation and certification programs help assess, track and report on trends to enhance key insurance and provider outcomes. CHQI also offers educational programs, publishes issue briefs and underwrites research to raise awareness of patient safety issues and promote best practices. The organization is governed by an independent board and committee system, which is open to a wide range of volunteer members to ensure transparency and accountability. CHQI provides resources to serve patients, providers, payers, government agencies, and other stakeholder groups. To learn more about CHQI, please contact us at (410) 756-1300 or info@chqi.com.

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