PHX (Premier Healthcare Exchange) Rehab and Eating Disorder Coverage
Struggling with an eating disorder is one of the hardest things anyone may ever have to face. It is often something that requires care from both the patient’s normal team of doctors as well as specialists. A person with an eating disorder may have to attend a rehab center or inpatient facility for treatment, or treatment may be arranged on an outpatient basis. No matter what treatment is necessary, it is certainly easier when there is insurance or other funding options in place.
Unfortunately, many insurance programs haven’t yet recognized eating disorders as being a true medical problem, so getting rehab or treatment covered can be difficult—akin to getting detox covered, for instance. This lack of coverage is very unfortunate because an eating disorder is one of the more difficult problems a person can face—since it involves the mental health, addictive behavior and many issues regarding overall health. Luckily, the lack of attention this receives from insurers and the medical community is changing. One of the leaders in making this change is Premier Healthcare Exchange.
Premier Healthcare Exchange is a cost management solution for healthcare plans. Founded in 2001, PHE is a high-tech company that always keeps the needs of patients and the medical community at heart. The solutions PHE have discovered allows health plans to cut costs on things such as claims automation and other areas and potentially open up more funding to allow for coverage of medical and mental health treatment—including for issues such as eating disorders.
While the average patient may never hear of Premier Healthcare Exchange, the company’s role in making insurance coverage available, including coverage for inpatient and outpatient eating disorder treatment, is immeasurable.
The first and most important thing for any person who has an eating disorder, or who thinks they may suffer from an eating disorder is to get help--be that rehab or another form of recovery. Whether or not the patient has insurance or whether insurance covers the treatment is not as important as simply seeking assistance. There are solutions out there that can allow patients to find and obtain care (even inpatient care) even if their insurance does not cover standard eating disorder recovery care options. Only after visiting a doctor and reviewing these options can a decision be made that will assure the patient obtains the care he or she needs.