OIG Recommends CMS Make It Easier for Medicaid Beneficiaries to Get Naloxone

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) says Medicaid beneficiaries deserve better access to naloxone, a medication that rapidly reverses opioid overdoses. In a new report, OIG called on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to implement changes to help make it happen.  An OIG study of state-reported Medicaid data and manufacturer-reported sales data […]

Hazelden Betty Ford, Emory Healthcare Partner to Create Addiction Alliance of Georgia

The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, a large nonprofit substance use disorder (SUD) treatment provider, has teamed up with Emory Healthcare, the largest health care system in the state of Georgia, to tackle addiction in the Peach State. The two organizations have partnered to create the Addiction Alliance of Georgia, which will focus on providing SUD […]

Three-Digit Suicide Prevention Hotline Bill Heads to Trump’s Desk

The national suicide prevention hotline number is one step closer to being shortened to three digits. To make it happen, all that’s needed now is a signature from President Donald Trump. The House of Representatives unanimously passed the National Suicide Hotline Designation Act on Monday. The legislation aims to shorten the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline […]

MAT Providers Push for COVID-19-Related Flexibilities to Continue Post-Pandemic

The coronavirus has changed the face of medication-assisted treatment (MAT), in many ways, for the better.  Virus-related flexibilities have made it easier for patients to get medication, attend therapy sessions and avoid the stigma often associated with substance use disorder (SUD) treatment. While it’s unclear what the SUD landscape will look like in the future, […]

Headspace, Microsoft Partner for New Teams Meditation Feature

The Santa Monica, California-based digital mindfulness and meditation company Headspace has teamed up with Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) to bring a set of mindfulness exercises and meditations into the tech provider’s Teams platform.  Teams is a business-oriented communication and collaboration platform that gives workers access to chat features, video meetings, file storage and application integration. Microsoft’s […]

UHS, Eleos Health Launch AI Pilot to Improve Behavioral Outcomes

Universal Health Services (NYSE: UHS) has teamed up with Eleos Health, a digital behavioral health solutions provider, to launch a new artificial intelligence (AI) pilot study.  The goal is to measure the effectiveness of a new behavioral health software that uses AI and voice analysis to improve behavioral health treatments and outcomes. If the small, […]

Pipeline: Hopebridge Continues Expansion; RCA’s New Facilities

Hopebridge announces six new centers  Hopebridge Autism Therapy Centers will open six new locations in the Denver, Colorado area, starting in October. All of the autism therapy centers will be open by February 2021. Indianapolis-based Hopebridge — which is backed by Arsenal Capital Partners, a private equity (PE) firm based in New York City —  […]

Caron Aims to Avoid SUD ‘Whack-A-Mole’ with Integrated Approach, Specialty Programs

Caron Treatment Centers is doubling down on its differentiators: its specialty treatment programs and ever-growing medical expertise. Headquartered in Wernersville, Pennsylvania, Caron is a not-for-profit substance use disorder (SUD) treatment provider with more than 60 years of experience under its belt. It offers a variety of services in Pennsylvania, Florida, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Atlanta and […]

Behavioral Health Partners Help SSM Health Pioneer Unique Urgent Care Model

Every year, about $8.3 billion is wasted on unnecessary emergency department (ED) visits. The majority of that — $4.6 billion — is attributable to ED use for behavioral health conditions. On top of being expensive, EDs can’t always treat mental illnesses and substance use disorders (SUD) properly. However, patients are often forced to seek care […]