Oscar Health, One Medical Execs: Regulatory Changes Necessary to Close Behavioral Health Care Gaps

Behavioral health is in higher demand than ever before, with the pandemic, an economic downturn and social unrest causing nationwide spikes in anxiety and depression. Amid the chaos, one bright spot has emerged: Regulatory flexibilities have made telehealth services commonplace, giving behavioral health providers another tool to treat patients who might otherwise be unable to […]

HHS Policy Change Gives Most Doctors Permission to Prescribe Buprenorphine for MAT

After years of pressure from the behavioral health industry, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is making it easier for physicians to prescribe a popular medication-assisted treatment (MAT) drug for opioid use disorder (OUD). The department is doing that by removing some certification requirements that physicians were previously required to meet before […]

Top Audit Warning Signs for Behavioral Health Providers

As the behavioral health industry draws more government funding, it’s also getting newfound scrutiny from state and federal regulators. Enforcement actions against behavioral providers are on the rise, especially for those organizations that participate in Medicare and Medicaid. Consequently, compliance planning is more important than ever — and so is identifying warning signs that suggest […]

SUD Treatment Provider, Former CEO to Pay $6M for Medicaid Fraud

The former founder and CEO of a New York-based addiction treatment facility has agreed to reimburse the state Medicaid program $3 million, according to Attorney General Letitia James.  The agreement comes after Stephen Yohay admitted to taking part in a false Medicaid billing scheme, according to a press release announcing the news. The fraud occurred […]

Trump Signs Stimulus Bill, Clearing Billions in New Behavioral Funding

President Donald Trump has signed a $2.3 trillion stimulus bill into law. Signed Dec. 27, the legislation includes billions in behavioral health funding. The relief package includes an additional $4.25 billion in funding for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) on top of regular fiscal year 2021 spending. That funding will be […]

New Stimulus Package Includes Billions in Behavioral Funding

Congress has passed a new $2.3 trillion stimulus bill, which includes billions in funding for behavioral health programs and initiatives. The legislation, which passed Monday night, is now headed to President Donald Trump, who is expected to sign it into law. The new relief package includes $4.25 billion in funding for the Substance Abuse and […]

Bill to Help Behavioral Providers Treat Incarcerated SUD Patients Heads to Trump’s Desk

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed new legislation that would provide more aid and resources for care coordination efforts between community mental health and addiction treatment centers and local law enforcement agencies. The move comes about a month after the Senate passed the bill, called the Crisis Stabilization and Community Reentry Act. Now, the […]

HHS Increases Phase 3 Provider Relief Funding, Starts Distributions

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has increased the amount of money it’s giving to health care organizations as part of its third phase of distributions from the Provider Relief Fund (PRF). It will send $24.5 billion to 70,000 providers, $4.5 billion more than the department originally planned to distribute in this […]

New Rules Open Up Value-Based Care, Partnership Opportunities for Behavioral Providers

Two new final rules from the federal government could help behavioral health organizations pursue value-based care agreements and partner with hospitals and health systems down the line. The rules in question modernize the federal Anti-Kickback Statute and the Physician Self-Referral Law, also known as Stark Law. The Department of Health and Human Services Office of […]