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New Brief Recommends Increased Insurance Coverage for Exercise Programming for Individuals with Mental Illness

ACSM and the Society of Behavioral Medicine recently released a new statement supporting increased coverage of exercise programming by health plans for individuals with mental illnesses. The paper, titled "Increase United States Health Plan Coverage for Exercise Programming in Community Mental Health Programs for People with Serious Mental Illness," includes an assessment of current policies and recommends policy actions to state and federal policy makers, allied health professionals and state and federal mental health administrators.

Some of the paper's key recommendations include:
  • creating a definition for evidence-based exercise programming for people with serious mental illness;
  • expanding health care services for people with serious mental illness to specify exercise programming as a reimbursable service through mechanisms in the Affordable Care Act for health promotion;
  • clearly specifying standards of professional accreditation or competency to deliver exercise programming to people with serious mental illness;
  • increasing the range of disciplines of licensed/certified allied and mental health professionals who are eligible for reimbursement to deliver exercise programming in mental health settings.
To read the full paper, please visit the SBM website. more

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