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Building Better Government: Evidence-based health solutions

June 16, 2016


Prevail is honored to be recognized by the Pioneer Institute as an award winner for the Better Government Competition. The Pioneer Institute is a contest that “seeks out and rewards the most innovative public policy proposals.” This year, the emphasis is on solutions that “improve quality and access to care for individuals with mental health illness through innovative approaches to insurance, health care, human services, and partnerships between government agencies and mental health care providers.” With the increasingly expensive cost of healthcare coupled with the recent announcement that mental conditions are the costliest health condition, it creates a dire need for a solution.

The ceremony will be led by keynote speaker, Representative Tim Murphy from Pennsylvania. Rep. Tim Murphy has been working for the last two plus years on a bi-partisan bill H.R. 2646 surrounding mental health called the “Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act of 2015” that recently had house passage by the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee. One key element of the act is utilizing evidence-based mental health solutions.

Access: Prevail have developed affordable, accessible, and anonymous care known as Anywhere Based Care. What this means is clinically proven treatment available on any phone, tablet, or computer 24/7. Now the solution sits in the palm of your own hand. No longer is there a need to wait six weeks for an appointment with a doctor. No longer is there a need to pay exorbitant costs that sometimes are or sometimes are not covered by a doctor. No longer does stigma need to get in the way of you showing up with others knowing you are receiving treatment.

Quality: by increasing the accessibility, the quality of the care inherently increases as well. In addition, Prevail’s program has been clinically validated through a rigorous path to market to work with the largest integrated health system in the country, Veterans Administration. Prevail’s program has gone through multiple clinical trials including the last one that was a ‘gold standard’ randomized controlled trial later published in a top-tier journal. Prevail has also been profiled by the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality that is mandated by congress to evaluate new health innovations to see which ones are truly effective. The AHRQ gave Prevail the highest evidence base rating of ‘strong’ and signaled that 94% of its users would recommend it to their friends.


The Pioneer Institute is led by Jim Stergios. The mission at Pioneer is to improve the quality of life in Massachusetts “through civic discourse and intellectually rigorous, data-driven public policy solutions based on free market principles, individual liberty and responsibility, and the idea of effective, limited and accountable government.” With the ideology that markets work and create the most effective solutions, the Pioneer Institute holds an annual competition to find solutions to implement into public policy.

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