With Enforcement Actions on the Rise, Behavioral Providers Must Improve Compliance Plans for Protection

The nation is finally starting to realize the importance of behavioral health care. As a result, providers have more reimbursement options than ever. Commercial payers have become a bigger part of the picture thanks to parity requirements, and Medicaid and Medicare reimbursement opportunities continue to grow. But with more money comes more problems, especially on […]

Despite CDC Guidance, Behavioral Providers Unsure Where They Stand in Line for COVID-19 Vaccines

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has put out its initial COVID-19 vaccine distribution recommendations. While the guidelines are good news for most health care workers, it’s unclear what they mean for behavioral health care providers. The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices voted on Tuesday to make the recommendations, which will guide […]

Senate Passes Bill to Help Behavioral Health Providers Treat Incarcerated Individuals

The Senate has passed legislation that would provide more resources to community mental health and addiction treatment centers that serve people who are incarcerated.  The Crisis Stabilization and Community Reentry Act now heads to the House of Representatives for consideration. The bipartisan bill is designed to improve care for incarcerated people with behavioral health conditions. […]

From Medicaid Changes to Parity Enforcement: What a Biden Administration Means for Behavioral Health

It seems America has spoken: Joe Biden will be the next president of the United States.  While it’s still too early to know exactly what Biden’s policy platform will look like, experts anticipate the new administration will usher in a number of positive changes for the behavioral health industry. “Biden and his history indicate that […]

New Paid Leave Policy Changes Could Spell Trouble for Behavioral Health Providers

COVID-19 has dominated the labor and employment law landscape over the past seven months, as state and federal governments continue to make regulatory changes left and right. One of the latest modifications should be of particular interest to behavioral health providers, as it tweaks the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) to narrow the definition […]

Advocacy Groups Urge DEA to Create Special Telehealth Registration for SUD Treatment

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is more than a year behind on creating a special registration process that would allow behavioral health providers to tele-prescribe certain medications for substance use disorder (SUD) treatment.  Now, dozens of organizations are putting pressure on federal officials to change that, asking them to move forward and make medication-assisted treatment […]

Massachusetts Attorney General Sues CleanSlate Centers

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey is suing CleanSlate Centers for allegedly defrauding the state Medicaid program out of millions of dollars. Meanwhile, the national addiction treatment center chain says the allegations are meritless. The lawsuit asserts that CleanSlate submitted millions of dollars worth of false claims for unnecessary urine drug tests to MassHealth. On top of […]