PHOENIX–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Magellan Healththe behavioral health and specialty division of Magellan Health, Inc.today announced the launch of its new Sleep Health solution for payers, designed to ensure members get the right test at the right time through the use of sophisticated clinical intake algorithms and decision that reduces clinical variation and repeat testing.
More than a third of American adults say they don’t get enough sleep on a regular basis.1 Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), the most common sleep-related breathing disorder, can contribute to a variety of physical and mental health issues. OSA affects approximately 25 million Americans, particularly those with established risk factors and comorbid conditions such as hypertension, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, anxiety, and depression. Of these, more than 80% are undiagnosed.2 Comorbidities associated with undiagnosed sleep apnea account for $30 billion a year in increased health care utilization and drug costs.3
Currently, more than 70% of sleep studies are conducted in hospitals or a sleep center.4 When sleep apnea is suspected, testing in high-cost facilities is performed at five times the rate of more cost-effective home sleep testing (HST).5 Home sleep testing may have several advantages over lab-based polysomnography, providing eligible patients with a convenient and more comfortable means of assessment. Magellan’s Sleep Health solution uses expert-informed clinical guidelines and robust intake algorithms to direct providers to the most appropriate type of testing. Inexpensive home sleep tests are recommended when clinically appropriate.
“March is National Sleep Awareness Month. Sleep is a critical determinant of good health and well-being, and for many, OSAS is a serious condition,” said Karen Jablonski, MD, Clinical Physician Examiner for Magellan Healthcare, “Magellan’s Sleep Health solution for payers is an innovative way to address this critical issue by helping to ensure proper assessment of sleep apnea.”
Magellan will host the following virtual event focused on sleep health:
Thursday, March 17, 2022, 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET: Join Magellan Healthcare’s webinar, “Obstructive Sleep Apnea: Impacts, Diagnosis, and Treatment,” with board-certified neurologist and somnologist, Dr. Karen Jablonski, Clinical Physician Examiner, Magellan Healthcare, and board-certified psychologist, Jamie Hanna, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Magellan Healthcare, as they discuss the impacts of OSA on our physical and mental health and the diagnosis and treatment of OSA. Click on here for more information and free registration.
For more information on sleep health, visit magellanhealthcare.com/health-plans/sleep-health/.
About Magellan Health: Magellan Healthcare, Inc., the healthcare business unit of Magellan Health, Inc., provides solutions for complex conditions in the areas of behavioral health and specialty medical treatment. Magellan Healthcare serves commercial health plans, employers, state and local governments, and the federal government, including the Department of Defense. For more information, visit MagellanHealthcare.com.
About Magellan Health: Magellan Health, Inc., is a leader in managing the most complex and fastest growing areas of healthcare, including special populations, comprehensive pharmacy benefits and other specialty areas of healthcare. Magellan supports innovative ways to access better health through technology, while staying focused on the essential personal relationships that are needed to lead healthy, vibrant lives. Magellan’s customers include health plans and other managed care organizations, employers, unions, various military and government agencies, and third-party administrators. For more information, visit MagellanHealth.com.