Rethinking Anorexia Treatment Requires Clinician Collaboration, End-of-Life Care Options

Anorexia nervosa has among the highest mortality rates of any psychiatric disorder. This trend is leading some behavioral health providers to strengthen collaborations with hospices in an effort to improve quality outcomes. Research shows that more than 5% of patients die within four years of a diagnosis from a variety of medical causes. Clinicians and […]

Emergency Rooms Emerge as Critical Entry Point for Substance Use Disorder Care

The emergency department (ED) can be the “first, and sometimes only” interaction that people with substance use disorders (SUDs) have with the health care system. Integrating SUD care into EDs can connect these patients to crucial long-term care. Still, co-occurring conditions, stigma and polysubstance use are among the main barriers preventing efficient integration. The ED […]

Is Venture Capital Ready for Brick-and-Mortar Behavioral Health Investment? 

Private equity has long dominated in-person behavioral health investment. But some venture capital investors, who entered the behavioral health market by backing digital providers, have now moved into hybrid business models that include both telehealth and in-person elements. For example, GV, formerly Google Ventures, recently invested in hybrid outpatient provider Guidelight. Despite the higher working […]

How LifeStance Is Prepping for Potential Telehealth Regulation Changes, Installing Collaborative Care Models

Collaborative care has gained significant traction in the behavioral health industry since its inception in the early 2000s. The care model, which integrates physical and behavioral health care services, is set to become the gold standard, according to Dr. Ujjwal Ramtekkar, chief medical officer of LifeStance Health. LifeStance is increasingly implementing collaborative care across its […]

Proposed Bill Seeks to Increase Veterans’ Access to Marriage and Family Counseling Services

Lawmakers have introduced a new bill to Congress that would make it easier for veterans and their families to see Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFTs) through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Currently, the VA can hire LMFTs who are licensed through specific programs, including the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family […]

The Next Chapter for Mental Health Coverage and Business Models

All was relatively quiet on the behavioral health front for publicly traded companies in Q1, reflecting the typically sleepy nature of the first quarter for those seeking to wrap up old initiatives and start new ones. Don’t get me wrong: It’s not like nothing happened or there isn’t anything worth pondering. Quite the opposite, in […]

Why Acadia Healthcare Is Expanding Eating Disorder Treatment as Competitors Scale Back

Amid a slew of closures and layoffs in the eating disorder market, behavioral health provider Acadia Healthcare (Nasdaq: ACHC) is expanding its eating disorder programming. Acadia is furthering its reach into trauma-focused treatment and wrap-around care, leadership told Behavioral Health Business. The provider also recently launched an eating disorder awareness campaign and plans to add […]

Optum Acquired Refresh Mental Health, CARE Counseling To Attack Wait Times

Optum acquired outpatient mental health providers Refresh Mental Health and CARE Counseling in a bid to cut wait times. Top brass at Optum’s parent organization, the health care behemoth UnitedHealth Group (NYSE:UNH), explained that Optum is prioritizing providing health plans with comprehensive, timely services that can be offered under value-based care contracts. Optum is the […]

Acadia Healthcare Prioritizes Integrating Service Lines

Integrating service lines is a crucial priority for behavioral health provider Acadia Healthcare (Nasdaq: ACHC). Acadia is the largest behavioral health provider in the country and offers inpatient and outpatient mental health care, substance use disorder services, eating disorder care and various other offerings. Acadia CEO Chris Hunter noted that patients in their care often […]