Addiction Treatment Providers Navigate Struggles, Present Solutions in Light of COVID-19

While it’s relatively easy to deliver mental health counseling remotely using telehealth, addiction treatment providers face more unique challenges in light of COVID-19. For those in substance use disorder (SUD) recovery, in-person touch points are especially important. Social contact helps reduce a person’s risk of relapse, and many people with SUD rely on the assistance […]

Practical Preparedness Tips for Behavioral Health Providers Amid COVID-19

Behavioral health providers come in all different shapes and sizes, with business models varying greatly depending what population a provider serves. But currently, everyone in the industry shares a universal problem: figuring out how to best protect patients from COVID-19 while continuing to provide them with the essential behavioral health services they need. Providers must […]

American Psychological Association Urges States, Insurers to Remove Telehealth Roadblocks During COVID-19 Crisis

The American Psychological Association (APA) is asking states and insurers to temporarily remove roadblocks that make it harder for mental health providers to offer telehealth services. Doing so is especially important in light of COVID-19, the APA says. “This is an extraordinary public health crisis with vast and unpredictable implications for the nation’s mental health,” […]

M&A Advisor Remains ‘Very Optimistic’ About Behavioral Deal Landscape Despite COVID-19

While the coronavirus and its economic fallout will likely slow merger and acquisition activity across all industries, behavioral health remains in a relatively good place, Kevin Taggart, managing partner at M&A advisory firm Mertz Taggart, told Behavioral Health Business. “Longer term, as the economy begins to recover, and the banks regain some of their footing, […]

Business Booms for Digital Behavioral Health Companies Amid COVID-19

There’s no doubt about it: The coronavirus is boosting the demand for behavioral health care. That’s especially true for services that can be delivered virtually, due to how easily COVID-19 can be spread.   While traditional providers have been scrambling to move to remote models and keep up with ever-changing telehealth regulations, digital behavioral health providers […]

Coronavirus Daily Update: APA Urges States, Insurers to Remove Telehealth Roadblocks

During this critical time, Behavioral Health Business remains committed to bringing providers essential news related to the operation of behavioral health facilities. Additionally, we recognize the seriousness of COVID-19. We’ll continue to highlight key developments related to the pandemic here. What you need to know from Wednesday (March 25) — Congress and the Trump administration struck […]

Citing Coronavirus, Acadia Suspends Sale of UK Business

In light of COVID-19, Acadia Healthcare (Nasdaq: ACHC) has temporarily suspended the sale of its U.K. business. Executives previously hinted proceeds from the sale would be used to help grow the U.S. arm of the business. While interest from potential buyers remains strong, the Franklin, Tennessee-based behavioral health provider will pause the sales process until […]

COVID-19 Regulatory Changes Let Behavioral Providers Remotely Prescribe Meds, Use Tablets for Telehealth

The Trump administration continues to loosen health care regulations in an attempt to better equip providers to deal with COVID-19. For the behavioral health industry, the newfound flexibilities make it much easier for providers to deliver comprehensive telehealth services. Due to the crisis, the government is looking past certain HIPAA rules, allowing providers to deliver […]

UHS, Acadia, Other Behavioral Providers Share COVID-19 Response Plans

Behavioral health providers around the country are doing their best to meet the need for services while also mitigating the risks surrounding COVID-19. For some, that means suspending visitation and leaning into telehealth, while for others it means taking things day-by-day and case-by-case. Here’s how the behavioral health industry is responding to the coronavirus pandemic. […]