Cannabis-Related Emergency Department Visits Increased Nearly 50%

The rate of cannabis-induced and cannabis-involved disorder emergency department (ED) visits rose nearly 50% between 2019 and 2020, according to a new study by Truveta Research. Despite this trend, clinicians may not feel empowered to treat cannabis-related conditions. The medical community uses the term cannabis-induced ED to describe what is known as cannabis-induced psychosis. Cannabis-involved […]

Future-Proofing Addiction Treatment Must Include Tech, Leadership, Care Continuum

The substance use disorder (SUD) industry has dramatically changed in recent years, adjusting to new technology, regulations and medications. The SUD platform of the future will take into account trends with payers and technology, industry insiders told Addiction Treatment Business, and continually re-educate itself on the best treatment modalities. Still, future-proofing SUD providers must keep […]

Investors Favor In-Network Behavioral Health Providers for Faster Growth, Returns

Despite the higher reimbursement rates from private-pay models, investors are shifting their focus to in-network providers who offer stability. In-network behavioral health providers have faster growth, quicker revenue cycles and better overall returns, industry insiders told Behavioral Health Business. Although developing relationships with payers can be hard work, it can pay off with investors. Private […]

Talkspace Partners with Bicycle Health to Break Down Barriers to Mental Health and Addiction Care

Virtual mental health provider Talkspace (Nasdaq: TALK) has inked a deal with digital addiction operator Bicycle Health to provide both companies’ patients with access to both therapy and opioid use disorder (OUD) treatment. More than 21 million adults have both a mental illness and substance use disorder (SUD), according to the 2022 National Survey on […]

Investors, Insurers Embrace Outpatient Addiction Care, But Residential Care Is Far From Extinct

In recent years, substance use disorder (SUD) treatment programs have become shorter and outpatient treatment program options have become more popular. Residential inpatient treatment programs, often more expensive than outpatient options, may be going out of vogue among payers and investors. Still, patients will always need an option for residential care, industry insiders told Addiction […]

Clinicians Lack Sufficient Awareness of Novel Synthetic Opioid 10 Times More Potent Than Fentanyl

A class of synthetic opioids that are 10 times as potent as fentanyl is becoming increasingly prevalent in the United States. The substance use disorder (SUD) industry may not be sufficiently prepared for its impacts. Nitazenes, a class of synthetic opioids first developed in the 1950s as opioid analgesics and never approved to market, are […]

Behavioral Health Provider Turnbridge Pursues Sale, Promotes $15M EBITDA 

Behavioral health operator Turnbridge is in talks to sell, touting about $15 million of EBITDA. Turnbridge, which provides mental health and substance use disorder (SUD) care, is pursuing a sale of the company, according to Axios. Investment banking firm Raymond James was hired to lead the sale, sources say.  New Haven, Connecticut-based Turnbridge offers gender-specific […]

Addiction Providers Embrace Harm Reduction and MAT, But Abstinence-Based Treatment Isn’t Dead Yet

The substance use disorder (SUD) treatment industry is beginning to move away from an abstinence-only approach to care toward harm-reduction and medication-assisted treatment approaches. Research demonstrates that abstinence-based SUD treatment is deadlier than no treatment at all. Despite shifts in the industry away from a concept of recovery that involves strict abstinence, providers say that […]

Bipartisan Support Means Substance Use Disorder Providers Are Immune to Election-Year Turmoil

Election years can be a tumultuous time for behavioral health providers, with policy priorities set to change with the potential transition of power. The substance use disorder (SUD) treatment industry can not only expect to be exempt from this turmoil but also enjoy more robust support from federal and state governments this year. Election cycles […]

Only 1 in 3 Opioid Use Disorder Facilities Offer Buprenorphine Injections

Medications for opioid use disorder (MOUDs), including buprenorphine, save lives among people with opioid use disorder (OUD). Long-lasting injectable versions offer the same benefits and can help patients adhere to medication schedules.  Despite injectable buprenorphine’s benefits, a new study published in JAMA found that the class of drugs is only available at one-third of substance […]