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 […]

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 […]

COVID-19 Regulatory Changes Let Behavioral Providers Remotely Prescribe Meds, Use Tablets for Telehealth

The Trump administration continues to loosen health care regulations in an attempt to better equip providers to deal with COVID-19. For the behavioral health industry, the newfound flexibilities make it much easier for providers to deliver comprehensive telehealth services. Due to the crisis, the government is looking past certain HIPAA rules, allowing providers to deliver […]

CMS Rule to Help Behavioral Health Providers Coordinate Patient Care Post-Hospitalization

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released a new final rule that will help behavioral health providers coordinate care by requiring hospitals to notify them when their patients have been admitted. The Interoperability and Patient Access rule applies to acute care, psychiatric and critical access hospitals that participate in Medicare and Medicaid. […]

Acadia’s Growth Plans Include 30 Possible Partnerships, 600 New Beds

Acadia Healthcare (Nasdaq: ACHC) has its eyes set on growth, with plans to add about 600 beds across new and existing facilities in 2020 and a “robust pipeline of approximately 30 projects” on the partnership front. Even the sale of Acadia’s UK business, expected for later this year, ties in, as it could eventually help […]

HHS Assistant Secretary for Health: Shortage of Residential MAT ‘Absolutely Unacceptable’

Expanding medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorder (OUD) and combating the resurgence of meth are currently top priorities for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), according to Admiral Brett Giroir, assistant secretary for health at HHS. Giroir shared those goals and others during a Tuesday presentation at the 2020 CMS Quality […]

Providers Beware: Behavioral Health Fraud Investigations, Recoveries on the Rise

Most behavioral health providers agree it’s a good thing: The federal government continues to funnel more money into behavioral health initiatives, such as fighting the opioid epidemic and funding certified community behavioral health clinics (CCBHC). But as providers find themselves with more federal dollars, they’re also more likely to face increased scrutiny over their practices, […]

MAT with Buprenorphine, Methadone Superior to Other OUD Treatments in Preventing Overdoses

Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) with buprenorphine or methadone is the gold standard for treating individuals with opioid use disorder (OUD), a new study suggests. Compared to other methods of treatment, researchers discovered that when buprenorphine or methadone are administered to individuals with OUD as part of their MAT regimen, they are less likely to experience an […]

Opioid Treatment Providers Praise New Medicare Coverage Opportunities

On January 1, new rules went into effect establishing expanded Medicare coverage for opioid use disorder (OUD) treatment. Under the new benefit, opioid treatment programs (OTPs) will be able to enroll in — and be reimbursed by — Medicare for providing medication-assisted treatment (MAT) services that were not previously covered. Medicare will pay enrolled OTPs […]