OIG Recommends CMS Make It Easier for Medicaid Beneficiaries to Get Naloxone

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) says Medicaid beneficiaries deserve better access to naloxone, a medication that rapidly reverses opioid overdoses. In a new report, OIG called on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to implement changes to help make it happen.  An OIG study of state-reported Medicaid data and manufacturer-reported sales data […]

Nearly 40% of Behavioral Providers on Brink of Financial Collapse

Nearly 40% of behavioral health organizations say they can only survive six months or less given the current financial situation they are facing. At the same time, more than half of all providers have seen an increased demand for services since the pandemic hit. Those are just a few key takeaways from the National Council […]

Amid Growth, Pinnacle CEO Pushes for Methadone MAT Flexibilities

The last five months have been hard for behavioral health providers to weather, with many being forced to cut back services as a result of COVID-19-related financial strain. Some are even facing the risk of closure. Then there’s Pinnacle Treatment Centers, which has actually been expanding. Pinnacle is one of the largest substance use disorder […]

National Council CEO: Behavioral Health Providers Need Dedicated Funding Stream to Survive COVID-19

Amid the COVID-19 emergency, all eyes have been on skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) and hospitals — and for good reason. SNFs have accounted for more than 40% of the nation’s COVID-19 deaths, while hospitals have grappled with bed and personal protective equipment (PPE) shortages. As a result, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services […]

REIT Relationship Helps Landmark Recovery Fuel Expansion, Navigate Pandemic

Amid the COVID-19 emergency, behavioral health providers are struggling. They’re grappling with increased costs and decreased revenues, while also seeing more demand for their services. As a result, 71% of organizations have had to cancel, reschedule or turn away patients over the past three months, according to a recent survey by the National Council for […]

National Council Launches CCBHC Success Center to Help Expand Model Across the U.S.

The National Council for Behavioral Health has launched a new Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) Success Center, with the goal being to help more providers across the nation adopt the model. Based in Washington, D.C., the National Council is a behavioral health advocacy organization with more than 3,300 members across the country, most of […]

Spero Health Opens New SUD Clinic

Spero Health — a privately held substance use disorder treatment (SUD) provider with dozens of locations across five states — has opened a new clinic in Martinsville, Virginia.  The facility is the sixth new center Spero Health has announced since the COVID-19 emergency began in mid-March. It’s all part of the provider’s plan to offer […]

70% of Behavioral Health Providers to Continue Significant Telehealth Use Post-Pandemic

When the COVID-19 emergency hit the U.S. in March, behavioral health organizations quickly pivoted their operations out of necessity. Treatments that had traditionally been delivered in person were reimagined remotely in an effort to reduce the risk of virus transmission. Federal and state flexibilities made it possible, paving the way for the wider adoption of […]

American Psychological Association Urges States, Insurers to Remove Telehealth Roadblocks During COVID-19 Crisis

The American Psychological Association (APA) is asking states and insurers to temporarily remove roadblocks that make it harder for mental health providers to offer telehealth services. Doing so is especially important in light of COVID-19, the APA says. “This is an extraordinary public health crisis with vast and unpredictable implications for the nation’s mental health,” […]