Oceans Healthcare to Enter Two New States in 2021 to Serve Overlooked Populations

Since 2004, Oceans Healthcare has been making a name for itself by providing behavioral health services to overlooked populations. At first, that meant seniors: The provider of inpatient and outpatient behavioral health services got its start treating the older adult and geriatric population specifically. While that demographic is still key to Oceans’ business, it’s since […]

ED Visits for Opioid Overdoses Up 29% Amid Pandemic

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic emergency departments (ED) across America have seen a rise in admissions due to mental health concerns and drug overdoses, according to a study recently published in JAMA Psychiatry. Specifically, researchers found that ED visits for opioid overdoses were up nearly 29% year-over-year. Additionally, when compared to 2019, the weekly rate of […]

Behavioral Health ‘Band-Aid’ Helps One State Tackle Supply-Demand Mismatch

The supply-demand mismatch in behavioral health frequently prevents patients across the country from getting the help they need. Oftentimes, there just aren’t enough providers to keep up with the demand. Fixing that problem is easier said than done, but the state of Massachusetts is working on it with its Expedited Psychiatric Inpatient Admissions initiative (EPIA). […]

Pipeline: New Discovery, Odyssey Behavioral Facilities; Oceans Healthcare, Spero Health Expand Footprints

Discovery Behavioral Health opens Maryland behavioral health center Discovery Behavioral Health has opened a new facility in Crownsville, Maryland devoted exclusively to mental health treatment. Los Alamitos, California-based Discovery operates more than 100 centers nationwide for mental health, substance abuse and eating disorder treatment services. Its newest facility in suburban Baltimore features two residences for […]

UHS CFO: Second Half of 2021 Will Look ‘More Like the 2019 We Exited Pre-COVID’

The past year has been a rough one for behavioral health providers, with COVID-19 decreasing organizations’ revenues, while increasing their costs. Even industry powerhouses like Universal Health Services (NYSE: UHS) have felt the virus’s impact. But company leaders at the behavioral health giant say they’re starting to see the light at the end of the […]

Oklahoma, Maine Granted IMD Medicaid Waivers for SUD Patients

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has approved section 1115 Medicaid demonstration waivers for Oklahoma and Maine.  As a result, both states may now bypass the IMD exclusion for substance use disorder (SUD) patients. Plus, Oklahoma can also bypass the rule for patients with serious mental illness (SMI) and/or serious emotional disturbance (SED). […]

Acadia Forms JV with Henry Ford Health System

Acadia Healthcare (Nasdaq: ACHC) has formed a joint venture with Henry Ford Health System to bring a new behavioral health hospital to the Detroit area. The pair announced the JV Wednesday.  Headquartered in Franklin, Tennessee, Acadia bills itself as the nation’s largest standalone provider of behavioral health services. As of Sept. 30, it boasted 582 […]

Kindred Behavioral Health COO: The Future of the Industry is Holistic

The behavioral health care industry has long been fragmented and siloed. Rather than offer the continuum of care, most providers specialize in certain types of treatment delivered in a specific care setting. And there’s often little continuity between different levels of care. But the behavioral health care industry of the future will be more holistic, […]

Mental Health-Related ER Visits Up Among Children

Amid COVID-19, more children are going to the emergency room for mental health-related issues, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  For children ages 5 to 11, mental health-related visits were up 24% year-over-year for the period from March to October. Meanwhile, mental health ER visits for adolescents […]