CMS Finalizes New Behavioral Health Policies in Medicare Advantage

Federal regulators have been taking steps to hold private health insurance companies working within the Medicare program more accountable. Behavioral health continues to play an essential part in those efforts. One of the most recent moves came on Thursday, when the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized a new set of policies […]

In Support of ‘Unity Agenda,’ Biden-Harris Administration Announces $50M Initiative to Support Rural Opioid Treatment Services

The Biden-Harris administration on March 6 unveiled plans to allocate close to $50 million towards bolstering opioid treatment and recovery services in rural areas across the United States. The announcement is in line with the White House’s mission of tackling the ongoing opioid crisis, which has disproportionately affected rural communities in recent years. According to […]

WTWH Media Acquires HME Business and Mobility Management, Growing Its Health Care and Life Sciences Offerings

WTWH Media LLC has announced the acquisition of HME Business and Mobility Management from 1105 Media Inc. The two digital B2B media properties are focused on the home medical equipment industry, mobility professionals, and rehabilitation suppliers and clinicians. These two additions build upon WTWH’s presence in the health care sector and further enhance its ability […]

Future Leader: Arpan Parikh, Chief Clinical Officer, SOL Mental Health

The Future Leaders Awards program is brought to you in partnership with PointClickCare. The program is designed to recognize up-and-coming industry members who are shaping the next decade of behavioral health, senior housing, skilled nursing, home health, and hospice care. To see this year’s Future Leaders, visit https://futureleaders.agingmedia.com/. Arpan Parikh, chief clinical officer of SOL […]

CMS Looking to Establish New Behavioral Health Intensive Outpatient Medicare Program

The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) revealed a series of important behavioral health proposals on late Thursday afternoon.  First, in its proposed 2024 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule, the agency pitched changes that would allow marriage and family therapists (MFTs) and mental health counselors (MHCs), including substance use disorder (SUD) counselors, to enroll […]

Sevita Names UnitedHealth Group Veteran Philip Kaufman to CEO Role

Sevita – one of the largest providers of community-based and in-home care services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) in the nation – has named a new CEO. The company, formerly branded as The Mentor Network, announced Philip Kaufman’s appointment to the top executive position on Monday. A long-time UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) […]

PE-Backed Harmony Health Group Scoops Up Former Delphi Facilities

Private equity-backed Harmony Health Group has acquired three facilities that were formerly part of Delphi Behavioral Health Group’s network. Charlotte, North Carolina-based Harmony Health Group operates 13 treatment centers throughout Florida, North Carolina, Tennessee, New Jersey and Massachusetts. Services at those facilities include treatment for mental health and substance-use disorders (SUDs), as well as dual-diagnosis […]

CMS Unveils New ‘Making Care Primary’ Alternative Payment Model, Gives Behavioral Health Care Key Shoutout

The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) unveiled a new primary care alternative payment model on Thursday – giving behavioral health care a key shoutout in the process. The Making Care Primary (MCP) Model will test advanced approaches to primary care in eight initial states: Colorado, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, New […]

‘A New Choice’: Carelon Opens First Brick-and-Mortar Clinic to Boost Behavioral Health Access, Address Whole-Person Health

Carelon, the health care services arm of Elevance Health (NYSE: ELV), has opened its first brick-and-mortar clinic. At an organizational-level, the opening reflects Carelon’s commitment to boosting access to behavioral health services while advancing whole-person health, according to Glenn MacFarlane, who serves as president and CEO of Carelon Behavioral Health, formerly known as Beacon Health […]