Nearly 80% of Opioid Treatment Services to Medicaid Beneficiaries in CO Did Not Meet Federal and State Requirements

A federal audit of Colorado’s OTP services to determine whether the state’s oversight ensured that Medicaid OTP services in Colorado met Federal and State requirements found that nearly 80% of services sampled did not meet those requirements. “On the basis of our sample results, we estimated that over 1.1 million OTP services, or about 79 […]

Community-Based I/DD Providers Turning Away New Referrals and Programs as Staffing Shortages Rage

A new survey from the American Network of Community Options and Resources shows that nearly 80% of community-based I/DD providers are turning away new referrals as the industry continues to grapple with the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic and the current stresses put on the industry by staffing and financial shortages. In February 2020, the […]

Pediatric Behavioral Health Platform Elemy Raises $219M, Puts Valuation at $1.2 Billion

Elemy, a digital healthcare company that specializes in in-home pediatric behavioral health, announced this week a $219 million Series B funding campaign that will further the company’s mission in helping kids with autism and other behavioral health challenges by using technology to match families with therapists, board certified behavior analysts and hands-on Registered Behavior Therapists […]

Lyra Health Saves Employers Roughly $2,300 per Participant and Reduces More Costly Interventions

A new independent study found that employers offering Lyra Health’s mental health care benefits were able to save a significant amount of money through overall health care costs in the first year of enrollment. The study, which was conducted by the global professional services firm Aon, found that employees who were able to take advantage […]

From Rock Bottom on Wall Street to Mental Health CEO: The Unlikely Story Behind Florida’s ​Sylvia Brafman Mental Health Center

Jaime Blaustein has experienced his rock bottom. Blaustein, the former investment banker, knows firsthand what it’s like to be in despair, not knowing where to turn, in need of guidance, support and some tough love. In fact, he’s had a few moments like that. “The lowest of lows I’ve had, I could go into all […]

Octave Expands Mental Health Access in California; Announces Partnership with Health Net in Los Angeles

Octave, a national mental health practice with locations in New York and California, announced it will join Health Net’s network of providers to offer its mental health services to more than 500,000 people and patients who have health care plans with Health Net. The partnership will allow Octave to expand its reach throughout California and […]

Legislation May Dramatically Increase Access to Mental Health Services for Medicare Patients

Pending legislation could usher in the ability for older and disabled Americans to access hundreds of thousands more behavioral health care providers. Experts say outdated policies currently limit many Medicare policyholders’ behavioral health care options because swaths of clinicians have remained ineligible for reimbursement for decades. But that could all change thanks to a bill […]

Growth in Telehealth for Mental Health Patients Adapting to COVID-19 Pandemic

New research from the American Medical Association shows that a growing number of physicians are using videoconferencing to provide patient visits as the industry continues to adjust to life after the coronavirus pandemic. The AMA Physician Practice Benchmark Survey published this month found that 70.3% of physicians worked in practices that used videoconferencing to provide […]

AdventHealth and Concert Health Collaborate on New Care Program to Expand Whole Health Care

One of the country’s leading behavioral health medical group and one of the nation’s largest faith-based health systems recently announced they are joining forces. Concert Health and AdventHealth announced a partnership earlier this month that will deliver Collaborative Care, an evidence-based model, to identify and treat patients with behavioral health needs within the primary care […]