Pipeline: Promises, Spero Open New Facilities; ABA Expansions in Multiple States

Promises Behavioral Health opens new facility in Texas Promises Behavioral Health has opened its latest facility, an addiction and mental health treatment center in Texas. Located in College Station, Promises Brazos Valley spans over 50,000 square feet and provides addiction and mental health treatment services to adults and college students. College Station is home to […]

Hazelden Betty Ford’s VP of Business Development: Telehealth Will Fuel Most of Our Future Growth

Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation bills itself as the largest nonprofit substance use disorder (SUD) treatment provider in the country, with 17 locations and counting, in addition to a slew of other business arms focused on topics such as addiction education, research and publishing. Next up, the organization has its sights set on achieving national scale […]

Virtual Eating Disorder Treatment Provider Equip Raises $13M

Equip, a virtual eating disorder treatment provider, has raised $13 million in Series A funding, the company announced Wednesday. That brings Equip’s total funding raised up to $17 million.  Optum Ventures led the funding round, with additional participation from new investor .406 Ventures and existing funder F-Prime Capital. Founded in 2019, Equip aims to make […]

Judge Rules UnitedHealth Must Reprocess 67K Behavioral Claims

UnitedHealth Group must reprocess about 67,000 behavioral health care claims that it previously denied, a federal judge ordered on Nov. 3.  The ruling comes after a years-long legal battle, which is centered around more than 50,000 patients who were beneficiaries of UnitedHealthcare’s United Behavioral Health (UBH) between 2011 and 2016. During that time, their behavioral […]

Aetna, Inpathy Expand Virtual Behavioral Health Partnership

Aetna has expanded its partnership with Inpathy, an online behavioral health company, to bring behavioral services to members in Illinois, Texas and Florida. Headquartered in Hartford, Connecticut, Aetna is owned by CVS Health (NYSE: CVS). The managed health care company has been working with Inpathy to bring its members virtual behavioral health care services since […]

Beacon, Optum Execs Predict Closer Payer-Provider Relationships Post-Pandemic

While telehealth technology has long been available, COVID-19 is responsible for finally forcing its widespread adoption. Behavioral health providers and payers seem to agree: There’s no turning back now. While virtual care is likely here to stay, it’s unclear what role it will play in the behavioral health industry going forward. However, stakeholders predict improved […]

Anthem Invests in Digital, Remains Bullish on Virtual Behavioral Health Delivery

Anthem (NYSE: ANTM) is putting more money toward growing its artificial intelligence and digital capabilities. The move is likely indicative of the insurer’s long-term plan to continue virtual behavioral health care delivery even post-pandemic.  “The way that care is going to be accessed here in the future is slightly different than how it has been […]

Humana Invests in New SUD Fund, Previews 2021 Tele-Behavioral Coverage Plan

Humana (NYSE: HUM) is tackling substance use disorder (SUD) among pregnant women with its latest investment. It’s just another example of the insurance giant’s commitment to creativity in the behavioral health space, according to Chief Medical Officer William Shrank.  “None of us can solve these really, really big problems alone,” Shrank told Behavioral Health Business. […]

Cigna Behavioral Exec: Virtual Care Access Will Continue to Accelerate Post-Pandemic

The health insurance giant Cigna (NYSE:CI) has long expressed interest in remote behavioral health care delivery. It’s first big commitment came back in 2017, when the insurer rolled out its virtual care network, creating a system of thousands of behavioral providers able to deliver care remotely. In the years that followed, Cigna slowly continued to […]

Anthem Executive Shares Tele-Behavioral Ambitions, Data Priorities

Slowly but surely, insurers appear to be shifting from using process measures to outcome measures when it comes to assessing quality in behavioral health care. Now, it seems the coronavirus could help accelerate that movement, thanks in large part to the momentum the virus has given telehealth. At least, Stephen Friedhoff — SVP of clinical […]