Integrated Benefits Institute

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November 2017

The Mind’s Tie to the Body’s Healing: Mental Health Comorbidities

In this series of white papers on disability issues, Aetna explores some of the factors that help people bounce back from adversity. While some of these factors are individual, others are subject to outside influences, notably by employers and their disability insurance carriers.

In this paper, Aetna focuses on the importance of mental/behavioral health comorbidities for disability claims and present some recent Aetna data on how these comorbidities impact the duration of musculoskeletal claims. The paper provides suggestions for better management of comorbidities both before and after the onset of a disability claim.

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