Anorexia nervosa is the third most common chronic illness among women ages 15 to 19 and potentially life-threatening. Despite the potential consequences of the condition, there is a disconnect between outcomes data and insurance reimbursement.

That’s the view of David Garner, PhD, president and CEO of River Centre Clinic, a treatment facility in Sylvania, Ohio. Insurers use analytics extensively to assess outcomes and resulting formularies for medical reimbursement, but when it comes to mental illness, analytics plays virtually no role, he said during a session at Health Data Management’s Healthcare Analytics Conference in Chicago.

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