What Cerebral, Monument’s FTC Fines Can Teach Other Behavioral Health Providers About Advertising Best Practices

The Federal Trade Commission’s recent actions against the digital behavioral health providers Cerebral and Monument are an expensive and very public reminder to all behavioral health providers to take caution when using digital tracking and other ad-tech tools. In April, the FTC released several complaints and orders, including fines and stipulations, to settle allegations about […]

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 […]

CMS Lacks Oversight of State Compliance with Mental Health Parity Rules for Medicaid Managed Care Plans

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid have fallen short in ensuring several states comply with Medicaid managed care mental health and substance use disorder parity requirements. That’s according to a new audit by the Office of Inspector General (OIG), which evaluated eight states with Medicaid managed care contracts. Four of the states in the review, […]

Senators Aim to End ‘Fraudulent’ Ghost Networks with Behavioral Health Bill

Inaccurate provider directories, known as “ghost networks,” can land patients with shocking bills and cause providers to miss out on potential patients. Ghost networks have increasingly come under fire by policymakers aiming to hold health plans accountable and protect patients.  A new bill, introduced last week by U.S. Senators Tina Smith (D-Minnesota) and Ron Wyden […]

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 […]

Biden Highlights Fentanyl, Mental Health Workforce Challenges in SOTU

President Joe Biden’s State of the Union Address Thursday night almost completely left out behavioral health and policies related to the industry. This is something of a departure for the country’s 46th president. In his first State of the Union in 2022, Biden laid out what he called a unity agenda. It included several behavioral […]

SAMHSA’s New OTP Rule Cements Greater Flexibility for Methadone Treatment

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has finalized an overhaul of opioid treatment programs (OTPs) that enshrines many flexibilities first implemented during the crisis response to the COVID pandemic. The final rule represents the first significant change to OTP regulations in over 20 years. In brief, the final rule intends to enable […]

US Senators Move to Eliminate In-Person Rule for Behavioral Health Telehealth Services

Lawmakers have reintroduced a bipartisan bill to make behavioral health delivered by telehealth more available to those on Medicare into Congress. Four sponsors have reintroduced the Telemental Health Care Access Act. The legislation would eliminate the in-person exam mandate to receive mental health services via telehealth. It undoes 2020 legislation that expanded telehealth access for […]