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 […]

Why the Very Things That Made Walmart Health’s Behavioral Efforts Unique Ultimately Led to Its Downfall

In April, Walmart (NYSE: WMT) announced it would close its 51 health centers and virtual care programs, including several behavioral health programs. The company declared that its health segment simply did not offer a “sustainable business model” for it to continue. When Walmart Health launched in 2019, it set out to expand access to care […]

Psychedelics, Virtual Reality Offer Novel Paths for Treating Eating Disorders 

Eating disorders have among the highest mortality rates of any psychiatric illness and remission rates among patients with eating disorders are, by some estimates, as low as 29%. New treatment modalities are urgently needed to improve outcomes, especially for people with severe and enduring eating disorders, industry insiders told Behavioral Health Business. Despite this, funding […]

Peer Support Specialists Drive Value as Behavioral Health Providers Embrace New Workforce

Peer support services are rapidly gaining mainstream acceptance thanks to recent federal initiatives, new reimbursement opportunities and the fallout from the opioid crisis. Peers have a unique ability to drive sustained patient engagement, industry insiders said at Behavioral Health Business’ VALUE conference. This makes the peer support model cost-effective for providers looking to shift away […]

FTC Noncompete Ban Presents Several Trade-Offs For Behavioral Health

In case you missed it, Behavioral Health Business has launched a new specialty publication for professionals in the substance use disorder space. You can subscribe to Addiction Treatment Business here: Subscribe today! Behavioral health providers and investors must prepare to lose noncompete agreements as a tool in their arsenal following the Federal Trade Commission’s expected ban on […]

‘Investors Are Hungry To Find the Best’: It’s Feast or Famine in Digital Behavioral Health Investing

In case you missed it, Behavioral Health Business has launched a new specialty publication for professionals in the substance use disorder space. You can subscribe to Addiction Treatment Business here: Subscribe today! When it comes to digital health investing, it’s feast or famine for behavioral providers, driving some startups to make tough choices. In 2021, […]

The Case for Palliative Psychiatric Treatment

Palliative approaches to psychiatric care may be happening informally nationwide and beyond, despite not being an officially recognized specialty. Palliative care prioritizes alleviating suffering rather than improving a psychiatric condition. Familiarizing behavioral health clinicians with the concept of “palliative psychiatry” and its focus on improving the quality of life for those with severe, treatment-resistant conditions […]

New Thriveworks CEO Bullish on Enterprise Agreements 

Thriveworks has named a new CEO to help the company build out its mental health capabilities and attract relationships with payers, health systems and primary care groups.  The company’s newly minted CEO, Dr. Dan Frogel, told Behavioral Health Business that the company will continue to “do what Thriveworks has always done best” in its direct-to-consumer […]

Expanding Access to Virtual Behavioral Care: Navigating State and Federal Regulations

2024 could prove pivotal for virtual behavioral health as the federal government considers making COVID-era telehealth flexibilities permanent.  Federal and state regulations can heavily influence the availability of behavioral telehealth appointments. For behavioral health providers who provide care to Medicaid beneficiaries, or who prescribe controlled substances for conditions like substance use disorders (SUDs), regulations can […]