UHS Taps Aetna Alum to Fill Behavioral CMO Position

Universal Health Services (NYSE: UHS) has tapped an Aetna alum to be the new chief medical officer for its behavioral health division. UHS announced Monday that Mark Friedlander, a psychiatrist and MBA, would fill the role.  Headquartered in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, UHS has 328 behavioral health facilities spread across the US, Puerto Rico and […]

Employment Lawyer: Behavioral Providers Should Update Remote Work Rules, Social Media Policies ASAP

Behavioral health providers have been navigating uncharted territory for seven months and counting. Given the upcoming election and the persistence of the COVID-19 emergency, that uncertainty is likely to continue in the months to come. While there’s no way for providers to know exactly what the future holds, there are a few actions they can […]

Cigna Behavioral Exec: Virtual Care Access Will Continue to Accelerate Post-Pandemic

The health insurance giant Cigna (NYSE:CI) has long expressed interest in remote behavioral health care delivery. It’s first big commitment came back in 2017, when the insurer rolled out its virtual care network, creating a system of thousands of behavioral providers able to deliver care remotely. In the years that followed, Cigna slowly continued to […]

Behavioral Startup Concert Health Inks Integrated Care Deal with Major Hospital Chain

CommonSpirit Health, the second largest nonprofit hospital chain in the country, has partnered with Concert Health, a virtual behavioral startup that brings collaborative care to primary care practices across the country. The agreement is rooted in collaborative care and will help CommonSpirit better address behavioral health conditions such as anxiety and depression in primary care […]

Senator Questions UHS Following September Cyberattck

U.S. Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) is asking Universal Health Services (NYSE: UHS) to answer for a recent cyberattack that affected the hospital company’s 400 or so U.S.-based facilities back in September.  Specifically, Sen. Warner is requesting that UHS provide details on the company’s vulnerability management process, third-party risk management policies and cybersecurity protections, as well […]

Eating Recovery Center Eyes Virtual Entry into New States, Partners to Make It Possible

While most eating disorder treatment providers first dove into virtual care around March, Eating Recovery Center (ERC) had a head start.  The national eating disorder treatment provider debuted its virtual IOP offering about three years ago. Back then, the service was mostly leveraged to treat patients on college campuses who might otherwise go without care. […]

Tridiuum, AbleTo Partner to Help Behavioral Health Patients Get Care Quicker

Tridiuum, a digital behavioral health solutions provider, has partnered with AbleTo, a virtual therapy provider, to help connect behavioral health patients to proven, cost-effective treatment more quickly. The goal is to tackle access to care and the shortage of behavioral health providers. The collaboration will first focus on patients insured by a plan in Northern […]

Mental Health Startup Focused on Treatment-Resistant Patients Raises $2M in Seed Funding

Osmind — a mental health technology startup focused on treatment-resistant patients — has raised $2 million in seed funding, the company announced Wednesday. The fundraising round was led by General Catalyst, with participation from What If Ventures, 20|20 Fund and various prominent health care executives, according to a press release announcing the news. Y Combinator […]

Patience, Aligned Quality Measures Key to Launching Successful Behavioral-Medical Care Integration Initiatives

Integrating behavioral and physical health care has been shown to improve patient outcomes while also curbing costs. Unfortunately, though, achieving successful care integration is sometimes easier said than done.  Achieving that success was the topic of a recent panel discussion at the 2020 Health Care Payment Learning & Action Network (LAN) Virtual Summit, held on […]

Pipeline: Monte Nido & Affiliates Entering New State; LifeStance Health Expands in Two Markets

Monte Nido & Affiliates to enter Georgia  Monte Nido & Affiliates — a PE-backed eating disorder treatment provider — has announced that it is entering the state of Georgia, where it will add two programs. Headquartered in Malibu, California, Monte Nido offers the continuum of eating recovery services, from residential to day treatment. It is […]