American Psychological Association Urges States, Insurers to Remove Telehealth Roadblocks During COVID-19 Crisis

The American Psychological Association (APA) is asking states and insurers to temporarily remove roadblocks that make it harder for mental health providers to offer telehealth services. Doing so is especially important in light of COVID-19, the APA says. “This is an extraordinary public health crisis with vast and unpredictable implications for the nation’s mental health,” […]

DOJ Hasn’t Prosecuted Any Body Brokering Cases Since 2018 Law Passed

In spite of massive bipartisan legislation passed by Congress in 2018 to address the nation’s opioid use disorder (OUD) epidemic and cut down on illegitimate practices, the Department of Justice (DOJ) hasn’t prosecuted a single “body-brokering” case. In the addiction treatment industry, body-brokering occurs when people — body brokers — seek out individuals with substance […]

Coronavirus Daily Update: APA Urges States, Insurers to Remove Telehealth Roadblocks

During this critical time, Behavioral Health Business remains committed to bringing providers essential news related to the operation of behavioral health facilities. Additionally, we recognize the seriousness of COVID-19. We’ll continue to highlight key developments related to the pandemic here. What you need to know from Wednesday (March 25) — Congress and the Trump administration struck […]

COVID-19 Regulatory Changes Let Behavioral Providers Remotely Prescribe Meds, Use Tablets for Telehealth

The Trump administration continues to loosen health care regulations in an attempt to better equip providers to deal with COVID-19. For the behavioral health industry, the newfound flexibilities make it much easier for providers to deliver comprehensive telehealth services. Due to the crisis, the government is looking past certain HIPAA rules, allowing providers to deliver […]

Senators Rally Behind Bills to Expand, Extend CCBHC Medicaid Demonstration

More than 80 Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) advocates convened on Capitol Hill Wednesday to urge Congress to extend and expand the CCBHC Medicaid demonstration program. Specifically, they’re asking lawmakers to support the Excellence in Mental Health and Addiction Treatment Expansion Act (S. 824/H.R. 1767), which would expand the pilot by two years and […]

CMS Rule to Help Behavioral Health Providers Coordinate Patient Care Post-Hospitalization

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released a new final rule that will help behavioral health providers coordinate care by requiring hospitals to notify them when their patients have been admitted. The Interoperability and Patient Access rule applies to acute care, psychiatric and critical access hospitals that participate in Medicare and Medicaid. […]

DEA’s Proposed Rule Would Make It Easier for Providers to Offer Remote MAT

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has proposed a rule that would make it easier for behavioral health providers to remotely provide medication-assisted treatment for opioid-use disorder (OUD). The proposal would allow narcotic treatment programs to dispense methadone remotely using mobile units without requiring them to get separate registration to do so.  Currently, providers have to […]

Providers Beware: Behavioral Health Fraud Investigations, Recoveries on the Rise

Most behavioral health providers agree it’s a good thing: The federal government continues to funnel more money into behavioral health initiatives, such as fighting the opioid epidemic and funding certified community behavioral health clinics (CCBHC). But as providers find themselves with more federal dollars, they’re also more likely to face increased scrutiny over their practices, […]

Co-Founder of Addiction Center Pleads Guilty for Role in $100M Fraud Scheme

The co-founder of a Pennsylvania addiction rehab center has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit health care fraud for his role in an “elaborate” insurance scheme, according to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). The scheme fraudulently billed insurers for more than $100 million, local newspaper The Intelligencer reported. Defendant Branden Coluccio entered the plea […]

National Council CEO Hopes to Expand CCBHC Program, Strengthen Medicaid in 2020

After years of being neglected, behavioral health issues are finally getting some attention in Washington, D.C. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has opened new up reimbursement opportunities for behavioral health services; the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) continues to roll out additional grants; and a growing number of state […]