Average Life Expectancy Increases As Opioid Drug Deaths Decrease

A drop in drug-related overdose deaths has the average American life expectancy back on the rise after years on the decline. Life expectancy in the country rose from 78.6 in 2017 to 78.7 in 2018, according to a recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). At the same time, deaths by […]

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, […]

Co-Founder of Addiction Center Pleads Guilty for Role in $100M Fraud Scheme

The co-founder of a Pennsylvania addiction rehab center has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit health care fraud for his role in an “elaborate” insurance scheme, according to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). The scheme fraudulently billed insurers for more than $100 million, local newspaper The Intelligencer reported. Defendant Branden Coluccio entered the plea […]

In the Pipeline: CARD Opens Latest Center; New Substance Abuse Facilities

Opened CARD opens new facility Woodland Hills, California-based Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD), one of the largest national autism treatment providers, has opened a new facility in Gilbert, Arizona, southeast of Phoenix. The organization, which provides applied behavioral analysis (ABA) therapy to individuals of all ages, operates 10 locations in Arizona, including the […]

Cimarron Healthcare Capital Completes Acquisition of Ascent Behavioral Health

Private equity firm Cimarron Healthcare Capital has completed its acquisition of Ascent Behavioral Health. The deal comes in partnership with the Ascent’s management team, private credit asset management firm Monroe Capital and PE firm Veronis Suhler Stevenson. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Salt Lake City, Utah-based Ascent operates six residential behavioral health […]

Movers & Shakers: Odyssey Behavioral Healthcare Hires COO; Promises Behavioral Health’s New Marketing Chief

Odyssey Behavioral Healthcare names new president, COO Brentwood, Tennessee-based Odyssey Behavioral Healthcare, which provides a variety of treatment services at centers in seven states, has named Richard Clark as president and COO. Clark has more than 30 years of experience in health care, most recently serving as president of the Western Group for Franklin, Tennessee-based […]

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 […]

Digital Substance Abuse Treatment Startups Captivate Investors, Payers

In America today, the need for more substance use disorder (SUD) interventions is clear. In 2017, more than 70,000 people died from drug overdoses, and the alcohol-related death rate was twice what it was 20 years earlier. Those statistics don’t include nearly 20 million others who did not die but still battled SUD that year. […]

Behavioral Health Leaders Urge Congress to Expand CCBHC Medicaid Demonstration

Dozens of behavioral health organizations are urging Congress to expand the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) Medicaid demonstration, which is set to expire May 22.  In a letter released Tuesday, 60 stakeholders asked lawmakers to extend the demonstration for the eight states currently participating and expands the program to nearly a dozen more states. […]