Anthem-Affiliated Health Plans Double MAT Metrics in Four Years

In the past four years, health plans affiliated with Anthem (NYSE: ANTM) have more than doubled the percentage of members receiving whole-person medication assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorder (OUD).  Four years ago, the insurer found that only 18% of consumers were receiving both drug therapy and counseling services as part of their MAT […]

RCA Plants First Flag in Midwest with New Facility

Recovery Centers of America (RCA) — a private equity-backed substance use disorder (SUD) treatment provider based in the Northeast — has opened its first Midwestern location. The new facility in suburban Chicago started accepting patients Tuesday. The organization plans to expand its presence in the heartland even further later this year. Based in St. Charles, […]

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 […]

Behavioral Health Patients Drive Nearly 57% of Health Care Costs — Yet Little Spent on Behavioral Treatment

Patients with behavioral health conditions in addition to physical ones drive nearly 57% of all health care spending; however, very little of that money goes toward treating behavioral conditions. That’s according to a new report from Milliman commissioned by The Path Forward for Mental Health and Substance Use. The study was funded by the Mental […]