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 […]

Fentanyl Drives Rising Tide of Teen Overdose Deaths

Drug-related overdose deaths among teens more than doubled between 2019 and 2020, despite adolescent drug use becoming less common. Teen overdoses have reached a crisis point, a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found, with an average of 22 adolescents dying from drug overdoses every week in 2022. Fentanyl is among […]

SUD Industry Has Evolved But Still Has a ‘Lot of White Space’ for Consolidation 

The outpatient substance use disorder (SUD) industry has evolved from a landscape of mom-and-pop businesses to a field dominated by sophisticated providers seeking to provide quality care. While the SUD industry has matured over the last decade, it still faces significant roadblocks like stigma surrounding medication-assisted treatment (MAT) and fragmentation. The splintered SUD market offers […]

LifeStance Installs New CMO; Pelago Names Chief Scientific Officer

LifeStance Health names Quartet, Teladoc veteran as CMO LifeStance Health (NASDAQ: LFST) appointed Ujjwal Ramtekkar as chief medical officer. Ramtekkar is charged with maintaining high-quality, personalized care. “Dr. Ramtekkar is an experienced physician executive with a demonstrated track record of driving exceptional patient and clinical outcomes,” Ken Burdick, chairman and CEO of LifeStance, said in […]

CMS Launches ‘Revolutionary’ New Behavioral Health, Primary Care Integration Model

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is working to improve access to behavioral health with a new initiative designed to integrate behavioral health with physical health. The newly launched program, called the Innovation in Behavioral Health (IBH) Model, will connect adults with mental health conditions or substance use disorders (SUDs) to physical, behavioral […]

Employee Wellness Services May Not Be ‘Beneficial For Workers At All’

Most US employers say they are prioritizing improving their employees’ mental health. Popular interventions like partnering with companies that promise resilience training and mindfulness practices may not help employees as much as advertised. A new study published in the Industrial Relations Journal found that employee wellness initiatives lead to no reliable difference in mental well-being. […]

Novel Opioid Poppy Seed Tea Requires Similar Doses of Buprenorphine to Heroin

Clinicians may not be fully aware of poppy seed tea, a novel opioid made using easily obtained unwashed poppy seeds. Poppy seed tea has similar risks to other opioids, including the potential for death, according to research led by Scott Weiner, Bicycle Health’s director of research and emergency physician. Patients who seek treatment for poppy […]