Opioid Treatment Providers Praise New Medicare Coverage Opportunities

On January 1, new rules went into effect establishing expanded Medicare coverage for opioid use disorder (OUD) treatment. Under the new benefit, opioid treatment programs (OTPs) will be able to enroll in — and be reimbursed by — Medicare for providing medication-assisted treatment (MAT) services that were not previously covered. Medicare will pay enrolled OTPs […]

Movers & Shakers: NuWay House Creates More VP Positions; New Directors at Origins, Laurel Place

Maryland health system names new behavioral health director The University of Maryland Shore Regional Health (UM Shore), which serves patients on the state’s Eastern Shore, has named Patricia Thompson as its behavioral health director. Thompson’s duties include leading UM Shore’s inpatient behavioral health unit, intensive outpatient program, bridge clinic, behavioral health response team and substance […]

Connections Community Support Programs Names Interim CEO

Connections Community Support Programs, which is Delaware’s largest provider of behavioral health services, has named Chief Operating Officer William Northey as its interim CEO. Williams, who joined Connections in 2017, succeeds Catherine McKay, who announced her retirement last October. Based in Wilmington, Delaware, Connections operates more than 100 facilities offering behavioral health and substance abuse […]

Quartet Health Collaborates with Blue Cross NC for Value-Based Behavioral Health Payment Model

Quartet Health, a technology platform services company for behavioral health providers, has reached an agreement with Blue Cross Blue Shield North Carolina (Blue Cross NC) to establish a new value-based payment model for the Tar Heel State insurer. The goal is to ensure people get high-quality mental health care in a timely manner while improving […]

Mental Health ED Visits on Rise, Especially Among Younger Demographics

More children and young adults with mental health issues are seeking assistance at emergency departments (EDs) nationwide, new research concludes. The findings underscore the need for pediatric behavioral health providers.The study, which was published in the American Journal of Emergency Medicine, was conducted by a team of researchers from the University of Southern California (USC) […]

Medicaid Expansion Associated with Fewer Fatal Opioid Overdoses

Medicaid expansion could be credited with saving the lives of thousands from opioid overdoses, researchers assert in a new study. In fact, states that adopted Medicaid expansion between 2014 and 2016 recorded fewer opioid-related deaths than states that did not, according to results published by JAMA Network Open. Medicaid expansion was born out of the […]

AAC Names New CEO

AAC Holdings (AAC) — which experienced a tumultuous 2019 following personnel changes and a delisting from the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) — has announced the promotion of Andrew McWilliams to CEO.  AAC is the parent company of American Addiction Centers. McWilliams has been with Brentwood, Tennessee-based AAC since 2014, when he was hired as […]

In the Pipeline: Retreat Behavioral Health’s New Territory; Plans for New Tennessee Hospital

Coming soon Montana children’s hospital opens behavioral health clinic Helena, Montana-based Shodair Children’s Hospital is opening a new mental health clinic in February in Missoula. The new clinic is located at the Community Medical Center. A staff of roughly 10 will work at the facility, which will primarily offer telepsychiatry services, according to The Missoulian. […]

RWJBarnabas Hires SVP of Behavioral Health, Addiction Treatment

West Orange, New Jersey-based RWJBarnabas Health, which operates a number of independent health care providers throughout the state, has named Frank Ghinassi as senior vice president of its behavioral health and addictions service line.  Ghinassi comes to the position from Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care (UBHC), where he has been president and CEO since 2016. […]