Massive Federal Opioid Trial Falls Short of Overdose Death Reduction Goals

An ambitious federal trial to curb opioid-related deaths by using community interventions came up short.  Despite the implementation of public education campaigns, increased naloxone distribution and improved access to medications for opioid use disorder (MOUD), as well as many other interventions, the trial failed to demonstrate a statistically significant reduction in overdose deaths. The large-scale […]

How LifeStance Is Prepping for Potential Telehealth Regulation Changes, Installing Collaborative Care Models

Collaborative care has gained significant traction in the behavioral health industry since its inception in the early 2000s. The care model, which integrates physical and behavioral health care services, is set to become the gold standard, according to Dr. Ujjwal Ramtekkar, chief medical officer of LifeStance Health. LifeStance is increasingly implementing collaborative care across its […]

Data-Driven Approaches Improve Behavioral Health Equity, Aid Payer Negotiations

Racial and ethnic minority groups are 20% to 50% less likely to initiate mental health services and are 40% to 80% more likely to drop out of treatment prematurely.  Some behavioral health providers are seeking to improve these statistics by catering their services specifically to people of color, marginalized individuals and Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries. […]

Why Grassroots Behavioral Health Providers Are Falling Behind in VBC Conversations

Value-based care has become a buzzword in the behavioral health industry. Still, few providers have implemented it due to the laundry list of challenges, including parity issues, difficulties associated with determining a system of measurements and limitations to care access. For grassroots providers building relationships with payers from the ground up, even the meaning of […]

Maternal Mental Health Provider Seven Starling Lands $12.6M 

Digital mental health startup Seven Starling has raised $12.6 million in funding and is seeking an additional $1.7 million to complete the round, according to an SEC filing. New York City-based Seven Starling provides virtual mental health services to women on the parenthood journey. Its offerings include therapy, peer support and medication as needed. The […]

New Bill Would Mandate Free Mental, Substance Use Care for Perinatal People

Behavioral health-related issues, including suicide deaths and drug overdoses, are the leading cause of pregnancy-related deaths in the U.S., accounting for over 22% of these losses. A new piece of legislation is on the table to help mitigate these statistics. The legislation, called “the Mental Health and Making Access More Affordable (MAMA) Act,” would require […]

[Updated] Mental Health Claims Increased 83% from 2019 to 2023

New research shows mental health insurance claims have continued to rise after the peak impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Mental health claims soared by 83% from 2019 to 2023 and continued to rise post-pandemic, increasing 11% from 2022 to 2023, according to a report from LexisNexis Risk Solutions. The demand for virtual mental health services […]

Virtual Mental Health Provider Talkspace Taps Into Medicare Market

After months of teasing the expansion, virtual mental health giant Talkspace (Nasdaq: TALK) has entered the Medicare market.  Talkspace’s services will now be available to 13 million members in 11 states, including California, Florida, New York, Ohio, New Jersey, Virginia, Missouri, Maryland, South Carolina, New Mexico and Idaho. However, the virtual care company has plans […]

The Collaborative Care Model Could Help Reduce the Total Cost of Patient Care

The collaborative care model (CoCM), which integrates physical and behavioral health services, may help reduce the total cost of patient care. That’s according to a new report from the Bowman Family Foundation, which zeroed in on research published by University of Washington (IMPACT) and the University of Pennsylvania/Independence Blue Cross (Penn/IBC) and Kaiser Permanente. “While […]

Talkspace Achieves Profitability, Reveals Medicare Push

Talkspace Inc. (Nasdaq: TALK) continues to thin its financial losses as it grows its payer- and government-focused business lines.  The once direct-to-consumer, texting-based digital therapy company continues to move closer to profitability. On an adjusted basis, earnings totaled about $774,000. This is the first profitable quarter since the company’s IPO in 2021. Its net loss, […]