Magellan in the News

June 16, 2021

Study Identifies the Genes That Increase Your Risk of Depression

Even though over 200 million people worldwide are estimated to have depressive disorders, the biology behind what causes these conditions is still not fully understood. Scientists are increasingly looking toward genetics. Caroline Carney, MD, MSc, FAMP, chief medical officer at Magellan Health is quoted.
June 11, 2021

How Pharmacists Can Help Patients with Bipolar Disorder Make Informed Treatment Decisions

According to Varun Choudhary, MD, MA, DFAPA, studies suggest bipolar disorder is associated with increased potential for stroke and higher odds of experiencing poor outcomes.
June 8, 2021

A High-Tech Approach to De-stigmatizing Mental Health

Buoy Health CEO and Co-founder Andrew Le, MD, recently spoke with Dr. Alisa Bahl, a clinical psychologist and chief strategy and innovation officer for Magellan Health and President of the Magellan CaresFoundation.
June 8, 2021

Study Identifies Who Is Most at-Risk For Opioid Abuse

Although the opioid epidemic is a problem nationwide, it isn't affecting the whole country equally. Varun Choudhary, MD, MA, chief medical officer for behavioral health at Magellan Healthcare, responds to a new study that finds the crisis is disproportionately impacting certain hot spots and is most widespread in six states.
May 27, 2021

A View From The Top: Six Healthcare Execs On How To Close The Nation’s Mental Health Care Gap

Historically, behavioral health providers have focused on what happens in a session. We are now moving beyond a single point of contact to understand and address what is happening in between sessions and we’re doing this using data and leveraging technology.
May 21, 2021

This is why tiny things make us so happy

Part of the whole helpless-but-irresistible, big-eyed baby narrative is that seeing these adorable tiny humans or animals releases oxytocin—aka the “love hormone”—which is involved with forming emotional bonds, explains Varun Choudhary, MD, a board-certified forensic psychiatrist.
May 7, 2021

Call Your Mom: Study Links Positive Mental Health, Heart Health in Older Women

In part three of this interview, Caroline Carney, MD, MSc, FAPM, CPHQ, explains the importance of understanding the correlation between mental health and heart health in women aged 65 years and older.
May 5, 2021

Expert Trauma Stress From the Covid-19 pandemic can Cause Poor Health Outcomes Overall

In part two of this interview, Caroline Carney, MD, MSc, FAPM, CPHQ, chief medical officer of Magellan Health, a board-certified internist, and a board-certified psychiatrist, discusses the impact of trauma and stress on overall health during the COVID-19 pandemic.
April 18, 2021

Magellan Rx Pharmacists: Why Payers Should Be more Invested in Promoting Biosimilars

So, we've definitely have opposing viewpoints here, in terms of the providers and the payers. The payers, obviously, want to maximize the contracts situations that they have. If you look at what's available publicly, like the formularies that are published online, there are a couple health plans that are only preferring 1 biosimilar, but I think that's the exception rather than the rule. I think most payers are doing more of a 1:2 or 1:3 type of situation.
May 3, 2021

Negative Mental Health Outlook Can Lead to Heart Disease, Causing Concern in COVID-19 Pandemic

In part one of this interview, Caroline Carney, MD, MSc, FAPM, CPHQ, chief medical officer of Magellan Health, a board-certified internist, and a board-certified psychiatrist, discusses the correlation between heart health and mental health.
April 18, 2021

Magellan Rx Pharmacists Explore the Payer Perspective on Oncology Biosimilars

Oncology is a very sensitive, as it should be, therapeutic category. I think it will also end up being a good case study for payers in the United States. If we can be successful with biosimilars in oncology, then really, we should be able to do this in almost any therapeutic category
April 17, 2021

The Future of Mental Health

In this key leadership role, Dr. Carney advances Magellan Health’s clinical mission and further positions the company’s significant leadership capabilities in clinical engagement. She also serves as the chief medical officer of Magellan Rx Management, leading the development and implementation of innovative, integrated clinical programs for customers and members of Magellan’s pharmacy business segment.
April 15, 2021

How to Minimize Your Child’s Risk of Addiction: Experts Weigh In

Ask your child their views on drugs and alcohol,” Dr. Jenkusky tells Scary Mommy. “Avoid lectures. Instead, listen to your child’s opinions and questions about drugs. Assure your child he or she can be honest with you. Educate them. Discuss reasons not to use drugs. Avoid scare tactics.
April 15, 2021

Trapelo Health, Magellan Hope to Ease Prior Authorization for Precision Oncology Testing

The recently announced partnership between Trapelo Health and the Magellan Rx Management pharmacy benefits management arm of Magellan Health promises to make value-based oncology care more accessible by closing an important part of the treatment loop: insurance authorization and payment for biomarker-guided cancer therapy.
April 8, 2021

Trapelo’s Precision Medicine Podcast Managing the Total Cost of Care in Precision Medicine

The explosion of knowledge in this area, especially regarding genetic testing and the understanding of the genome as it relates to malignancies, is so rapidly changing that no single individual, no single medical director at a health plan or a health system can stay on top of it.
March 22, 2021

Pharmacists Have a Critical Role in Patient Brain Health

In an age where we've moved away from often community pharmacists to mail order pharmacy or automatic refills, and there's not that connection, using big data can help us understand many of those same things. So, if I can see someone who has consistently been filling their medications and they don't anymore, as a health plan professional, for instance, I could target individuals and do outreach to individuals who I might have concern about just based on what we can see in data alone in interactions with pharmacists.
March 19, 2021

Mental Health, Brain Health are inextricably linked, highlighting need for COVID-19 Brain Health Research

“It will be a very complex area to try to sort through, but one that's really critically needed,” Carney said. “It will provide insight not only into how COVID-19 has affected our ultimate brain health and emotional health, but how other viral processes and perhaps other inflammatory diseases affect health as well.”
March 5, 2021

Reducing the rise in adolescent suicide during COVID-19

The pressures of the pandemic have taken a tough toll on mental health, with more youth and young adults seeking emergency care for mental health issues and suicidal ideation. As we enter year two of COVID-19, a multifaceted approach is needed to ease the mental health impact of the pandemic on children, teens and young adults.
February 2, 2021

5 Things We Must Do To Improve the US Healthcare System

Our company is re-imagining much of the work it has traditionally done and embracing new models of care and service. This transformation couldn’t be done without the vision and support of our leadership team. Expect great things ahead for how we recast care across behavioral health, pharmacy and specialty services!
December 23, 2020

Making the Holidays More Merry and Bright: 5 Tips for Mental Health

While there is no true way to completed avoid the holiday stress when you’re a business owner, there are some ways to lessen the stress you’re feeling so you’re able to make the most of the holiday season and protect your mental health.
November 11, 2020

How to Support Employee Mental Health in Stressful Times

"The only year in my lifetime that comes anywhere close to this is 1968,” Pratt says, referring to the landmark year that saw the assassinations of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert Kennedy, widespread civil rights protests, and even a flu pandemic.
October 20, 2020

Mindfulness for Skeptics

A large part of my initial problem with meditation and mindfulness was that I didn’t understand anything about them: where they came from and how they can benefit both mind and body. The terms “mindfulness” and “meditation” are often used interchangeably, but that’s not quite accurate.
October 2, 2020

PTSD and the Pandemic: Four Keys for Identifying Mental Health Concerns

As the number of Americans reporting symptoms of anxiety has tripled since the start of the pandemic, providers are witnessing a new phenomenon: adults and children suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
September 4, 2020

We want grief to follow a timeline. It doesn't.

The dominant fable in the Western world concerning grief is the “five stages”—denial, anger, bargaining, depression, acceptance. They were developed in 1969 after Elizabeth Kübler-Ross observed how patients with terminal illnesses came to terms with dying.
June 12, 2020

Will COVID-19 Be the thing that finally helps de-stigmatize mental health issues?

When it comes to mental health, we’ve come a long way. Our grandparents’ generation was unlikely to seek help. Our parents’ generation did, but they were hush-hush about it. Thankfully, in 2020, many of us are willing to admit when we’re struggling–we see therapists, take medication, and do whatever we need to take care of ourselves, without embarrassment or shame.
June 10, 2020

Grief Overload': Families absorb multiple virus deaths

Though no data on the trend has emerged on families experiencing multiple fatalities due to the coronavirus, the stories have repeated around the world: Couples, siblings and other relatives falling ill and dying, their families left to rebuild life with a massive hole in it.
May 6, 2020

Experts Explain How To Help Your Partner Cope With Loss

While you have, of course, survived your own trying times and can reflect on your personal coping mechanisms, it is important to remember that your partner's struggle is unique and individual to them. You can't assume that what worked for you will benefit your partner, but you can listen to them, hold them, run errands for them, sit in silence with them, etc. Just be present.
April 14, 2020

Protecting Your Kids’ Mental Health During The Pandemic

Kids are resilient, but being young does not exclude them from anxiety, depression, and stress. There is extra work and thought that needs to be done to protect my kids’ mental health; my most important role right now is that of a parent in touch with their kids’ emotions.
April 13, 2020

The Leaders Championing the Remote Work Movement

When corporations and employees BOTH benefit from a workplace program, there's a high likelihood it will have longevity and produce long-term value.
March 13, 2020

Psychology of the coronavirus outbreak

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February 2, 2020

Addressing Mental Health Needs in Children Before They Reach the ED

In Colorado, 25% of ED visits by children and teens in 2018 were mental health-related, an increase of 4% in two years, a recent report found. What is more shocking is that the percentage doesn’t include juveniles who present with a secondary diagnosis related to mental health or whose conditions involve substance abuse.