Elizabeth S Levy Merrick

Summary

Affiliation: Brandeis University
Country: USA

Publications

  1. pmc Characteristics of practitioners in a private managed behavioral health plan
    Sharon Reif
    Institute for Behavioral Health, Heller School for Social Policy and Management Brandeis University, Waltham, MA, USA
    BMC Health Serv Res 12:283. 2012
  2. pmc Substance abuse treatment client experience in an employed population: results of a client survey
    Elizabeth L Merrick
    Institute for Behavioral Health, Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University, 415 South Street, MS035, Waltham, MA 02454 9110, USA
    Subst Abuse Treat Prev Policy 7:4. 2012
  3. ncbi Unhealthy drinking patterns in older adults: prevalence and associated characteristics
    Elizabeth L Merrick
    Institute for Behavioral Health, Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts 02454, USA
    J Am Geriatr Soc 56:214-23. 2008
  4. pmc Unhealthy drinking patterns and receipt of preventive medical services by older adults
    Elizabeth L Merrick
    Institute for Behavioral Health, Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA 02454, USA
    J Gen Intern Med 23:1741-8. 2008
  5. doi Health plans' disease management programs: extending across the medical and behavioral health spectrum?
    Elizabeth Levy Merrick
    Institute for Behavioral Health, Schneider Institutes for Health Policy, Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University, Waltham, Mass 02454, USA
    J Ambul Care Manage 31:342-53. 2008
  6. doi Accessing specialty behavioral health treatment in private health plans
    Elizabeth L Merrick
    Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA 02454 9110, USA
    J Behav Health Serv Res 36:420-35. 2009
  7. pmc Integrated employee assistance program/managed behavioral health care benefits: relationship with access and client characteristics
    Elizabeth S Levy Merrick
    Institute for Behavioral Health, Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA 02454 9110, USA
    Adm Policy Ment Health 36:416-23. 2009
  8. pmc Patterns of service use in two types of managed behavioral health care plans
    Elizabeth L Merrick
    Institute for Behavioral Health, Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA 02454, USA
    Psychiatr Serv 61:86-9. 2010
  9. doi Emergency department utilization patterns for Medicare beneficiaries with serious mental disorders
    Elizabeth L Merrick
    Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University, 415 South St, Waltham, MA 02454, USA
    Psychiatr Serv 61:628-31. 2010
  10. pmc Older adults' inpatient and emergency department utilization for ambulatory-care-sensitive conditions: relationship with alcohol consumption
    Elizabeth S Levy Merrick
    Brandeis University, Waltham, MA, USA
    J Aging Health 23:86-111. 2011

Research Grants

  1. Alcohol Use and Medical Care Quality among the Elderly
    ELIZABETH MERRICK; Fiscal Year: 2006

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Publications30

  1. pmc Characteristics of practitioners in a private managed behavioral health plan
    Sharon Reif
    Institute for Behavioral Health, Heller School for Social Policy and Management Brandeis University, Waltham, MA, USA
    BMC Health Serv Res 12:283. 2012
    ....
  2. pmc Substance abuse treatment client experience in an employed population: results of a client survey
    Elizabeth L Merrick
    Institute for Behavioral Health, Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University, 415 South Street, MS035, Waltham, MA 02454 9110, USA
    Subst Abuse Treat Prev Policy 7:4. 2012
    ..Furthermore, the role of several factors including prior service use has not been fully explored...
  3. ncbi Unhealthy drinking patterns in older adults: prevalence and associated characteristics
    Elizabeth L Merrick
    Institute for Behavioral Health, Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts 02454, USA
    J Am Geriatr Soc 56:214-23. 2008
    ..To examine the prevalence of unhealthy drinking patterns in community-dwelling older adults and its association with sociodemographic and health characteristics...
  4. pmc Unhealthy drinking patterns and receipt of preventive medical services by older adults
    Elizabeth L Merrick
    Institute for Behavioral Health, Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA 02454, USA
    J Gen Intern Med 23:1741-8. 2008
    ..Preventive service use among older adults is suboptimal. Unhealthy drinking may constitute a risk factor for failure to receive these services...
  5. doi Health plans' disease management programs: extending across the medical and behavioral health spectrum?
    Elizabeth Levy Merrick
    Institute for Behavioral Health, Schneider Institutes for Health Policy, Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University, Waltham, Mass 02454, USA
    J Ambul Care Manage 31:342-53. 2008
    ..In health plans, disease management has penetrated more slowly into behavioral health and depression program characteristics are highly variable...
  6. doi Accessing specialty behavioral health treatment in private health plans
    Elizabeth L Merrick
    Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA 02454 9110, USA
    J Behav Health Serv Res 36:420-35. 2009
    ..Products with carve-outs differed on several treatment entry dimensions. Findings suggest that health plans focus on timely access and typically do not heavily manage initial entry into outpatient treatment...
  7. pmc Integrated employee assistance program/managed behavioral health care benefits: relationship with access and client characteristics
    Elizabeth S Levy Merrick
    Institute for Behavioral Health, Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA 02454 9110, USA
    Adm Policy Ment Health 36:416-23. 2009
    ..20, CI 1.17-1.24), and substance abuse services specifically (OR 1.23, CI 1.06-1.43). Results are consistent with the concept that EAP benefits may increase access and address problems earlier...
  8. pmc Patterns of service use in two types of managed behavioral health care plans
    Elizabeth L Merrick
    Institute for Behavioral Health, Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA 02454, USA
    Psychiatr Serv 61:86-9. 2010
    ....
  9. doi Emergency department utilization patterns for Medicare beneficiaries with serious mental disorders
    Elizabeth L Merrick
    Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University, 415 South St, Waltham, MA 02454, USA
    Psychiatr Serv 61:628-31. 2010
    ..This study examined emergency department use among Medicare beneficiaries with serious mental disorders...
  10. pmc Older adults' inpatient and emergency department utilization for ambulatory-care-sensitive conditions: relationship with alcohol consumption
    Elizabeth S Levy Merrick
    Brandeis University, Waltham, MA, USA
    J Aging Health 23:86-111. 2011
    ..This study examined the relationship between drinking that exceeds guideline-recommended limits and acute-care utilization for ambulatory-care-sensitive conditions (ACSCs) by older Medicare beneficiaries...
  11. pmc Integrated employee assistance program/managed behavioral health plan utilization by persons with substance use disorders
    Elizabeth S Levy Merrick
    Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA 02454 9110, USA
    J Subst Abuse Treat 40:299-306. 2011
    ..Findings suggest that for service users with primary SUD diagnoses in an integrated EAP/MBHC product, the EAP benefit plays a key role at the front end of treatment and is often only one component of treatment episodes...
  12. pmc Alcohol & drug abuse: Revisiting employee assistance programs and substance use problems in the workplace: key issues and a research agenda
    Elizabeth S Levy Merrick
    Institute for Behavioral Health, Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University, MS 035, 415 South St, Waltham, MA 02454 9110, USA
    Psychiatr Serv 58:1262-4. 2007
    ....
  13. ncbi Changing mental health gatekeeping: effects on performance indicators
    Elizabeth Levy Merrick
    Schneider Institute for Health Policy, Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University, 415 South Street, Waltham, MA 02454 9110, USA
    J Behav Health Serv Res 35:3-19. 2008
    ..The move to call-center gatekeeping did not appear to have a negative impact on treatment process as reflected in these indicators...
  14. ncbi Effects of a behavioral health carve-out on inpatient-related quality indicators for major depression treatment
    E L Merrick
    Institute for Health Policy, Heller Graduate School, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA 02454 9110, USA
    Med Care 37:1023-33. 1999
    ..To analyze the effects of the 1993 Massachusetts behavioral health carve-out for state employees on readmissions and follow-up treatment after hospitalization for major depressive disorder (MDD)...
  15. ncbi Use of performance standards in behavioral health carve-out contracts among Fortune 500 firms
    E L Merrick
    Institute for Health Policy, Heller Graduate School, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA 02454, USA
    Am J Manag Care 5:SP81-90. 1999
    ..To determine the prevalence and nature of performance standards in specialty managed behavioral healthcare contracts among Fortune 500 companies...
  16. ncbi Benefits in behavioral health carve-out plans of Fortune 500 firms
    E L Merrick
    Schneider Institute for Health Policy of the Heller Graduate School at Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts 02454 9110, USA
    Psychiatr Serv 52:943-8. 2001
    ..This study examined the prevalence and nature of behavioral health carve-out contracts among Fortune 500 firms in 1997...
  17. ncbi Quality measurement and accountability for substance abuse and mental health services in managed care organizations
    Elizabeth Levy Merrick
    Schneider Institute for Health Policy, Heller School for Social Policy and Management, MS 035 Brandeis University, 415 South Street, Waltham, MA 02454 9110, USA
    Med Care 40:1238-48. 2002
    ..To analyze managed care organizations' (MCOs') use of behavioral health quality management activities using nationally representative survey data...
  18. ncbi Managed care organizations' use of treatment management strategies for outpatient mental health care
    Elizabeth Levy Merrick
    Schneider Center for Behavioral Health, Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA 02454 9110, USA
    Adm Policy Ment Health 33:104-14. 2006
    ..Prevalence varied from 43% to 87% depending on the technique. HMO products and products with specialty behavioral health contracts were more likely to use the techniques. Product type and contracting arrangement had independent effects...
  19. ncbi Cost sharing for substance abuse and mental health services in managed care plans
    Dominic Hodgkin
    Brandeis University, USA
    Med Care Res Rev 60:101-16. 2003
    ..Future parity initiatives should be examined for how they address differences in cost sharing as well as limits...
  20. doi Management of behavioral health provider networks in private health plans
    Deborah W Garnick
    Institute for Behavioral Health, Schneider Institutes for Health Policy, Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University, Waltham, Mass, USA
    J Ambul Care Manage 31:330-41. 2008
    ..Some standard activities are common, but some health plans are adopting other approaches to retain higher-quality providers...
  21. ncbi Identification and treatment of mental and substance use conditions: health plans strategies
    Deborah W Garnick
    Institute for Behavioral Health, Schneider Institutes for Health Policy, Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University, 415 South Street, Waltham, MA 02454, USA
    Med Care 45:1060-7. 2007
    ..Mental health and substance use conditions are under-recognized and under-treated. Private health plans may be able to affect the extent of screening and, thus, identification of enrollees who need treatment...
  22. pmc The effect of employee assistance plan benefits on the use of outpatient behavioral health care
    Dominic Hodgkin
    Institute for Behavioral Health, Heller School of Social Policy and Management, Mailstop 35, Brandeis University, 415 South St, Waltham MA 02454 9110, USA
    J Ment Health Policy Econ 13:167-74. 2010
    ..It is not clear whether EAP services substitute for outpatient behavioral health care services covered by the health plan...
  23. pmc Health plan requirements for mental health and substance use screening in primary care
    Constance M Horgan
    Institute for Behavioral Health, Schneider Institutes, Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA, USA
    J Gen Intern Med 22:930-6. 2007
    ..Screening for substance abuse and mental health in primary care can improve detection. One way to advance screening is for health plans to require it...
  24. ncbi Managed care plans' requirements for screening for alcohol, drug, and mental health problems in primary care
    Deborah W Garnick
    Schneider Institute for Health Policy, Heller Graduate School, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA 02454 9110, USA
    Am J Manag Care 8:879-88. 2002
    ..To determine managed care organizations' (MCOs) requirements for screening for alcohol, drug, or mental health problems in primary care settings...
  25. doi Improving medication management of depression in health plans
    Constance M Horgan
    Institute for Behavioral Health, Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA 02454, USA
    Psychiatr Serv 59:72-7. 2008
    ..Identifying health plan characteristics associated with better performance could contribute to quality improvement for this aspect of depression treatment...
  26. ncbi Quality standards and incentives in managed care organizations' specialty contracts for behavioral health
    Dominic Hodgkin
    Heller School, MS 035, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA 02454 9110, USA
    J Ment Health Policy Econ 5:61-9. 2002
    ..Based on economic theory, we anticipate that MCOs should be more likely to require quality standards in contracts that transfer all financial risk to the vendor...
  27. pmc Benefit limits for behavioral health care in private health plans
    Dominic Hodgkin
    Schneider Institute for Behavioral Health, Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA 02454 9110, USA
    Adm Policy Ment Health 36:15-23. 2009
    ..Plans' access to new managed care tools has not led them to stop using benefit limits for cost containment purposes...
  28. ncbi Internet-based behavioral health services in health plans
    Constance M Horgan
    Institute for Behavioral Health, Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University, MS 035, 415 South St, Waltham, MA 02454, USA
    Psychiatr Serv 58:307. 2007
  29. pmc Availability of addiction medications in private health plans
    Constance M Horgan
    Institute for Behavioral Health, Schneider Institutes for Health Policy, Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA 02454, USA
    J Subst Abuse Treat 34:147-56. 2008
    ..These findings demonstrate that pharmacy benefits have an impact on access to medications for substance abuse...
  30. pmc Does type of gatekeeping model affect access to outpatient specialty mental health services?
    Dominic Hodgkin
    Schneider Institute for Health Policy, Heller School of Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University, MS 035, Waltham, MA 02454 9110, USA
    Health Serv Res 42:104-23. 2007
    ..To measure how a change in gatekeeping model affects utilization of specialty mental health services...

Research Grants2

  1. Alcohol Use and Medical Care Quality among the Elderly
    ELIZABETH MERRICK; Fiscal Year: 2006
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