Bridging the Gap: Behavioral Health Coaches Serve Unmet Need, But May Need Standardization 

In case you missed it, Behavioral Health Business has launched a new specialty publication for professionals in the substance use disorder space. You can subscribe to Addiction Treatment Business here: Subscribe today! The health coaching industry was initially focused on fitness and lifestyle goals but is now a common service line in the behavioral health […]

‘I Never Thought of It as A Business’: Closures Reveal Shakiness of the Traditional Eating Disorder Industry

Residential eating disorder treatment facilities are becoming somewhat of an endangered species. Over the last few months, the industry has seen a string of closures. Patients and payers have increasingly opted for virtual care models, shrinking the pool of patients residential treatment centers could serve in the first place. That pool was small to begin […]

Refresh Mental Health Shutters Eating Disorder Treatment Division

Refresh Mental Health, a subsidiary of Optum, will shutter its eating disorder treatment service line. The health care and related services behemoth confirmed Refresh will close its four eating disorder treatment brands. Evolve Healing Eating Disorders was the first center to close, shutting its doors permanently on Dec. 1. Optum is part of Minnetonka, Minnesota-based […]

Eating Disorder Industry Will Grapple With Higher-Acuity Cases, AI, Ozempic-Related Challenges in 2024

Eating disorder services remained in high demand in 2023. As a result, there were several major investments. But it wasn’t all smooth sailing for the industry. In late 2023, two large PE-backed behavioral health providers scaled back eating disorder services. Eating disorder providers will have to tackle increasingly complex, higher acuity cases in 2024, industry […]

Odyssey, Discovery Behavioral Health Scale Back Eating Disorder Treatment Centers

Behavioral health giants Odyssey Behavioral Health and Discovery Behavioral Health, both private equity-backed diversified companies, are scaling back their eating disorder treatment locations. These closures come at a time when other PE-backed behavioral health providers, at least on the surface, appear to be navigating the treacherous waters of the highly-specialized eating disorder treatment space. The […]

[Updated] Equip Will Now Treat Adults with Eating Disorders Following $20 Million General Catalyst Investment 

Virtual provider Equip announced that it is expanding its scope of care to treat adults with eating disorders. The San Diego-based provider got its start treating people with eating disorders under the age of 24. There is also a substantial need for eating disorder care in the adult population, however. Additional funding from General Catalyst, […]

How Value-Based Care Models Can Help Address the Hidden Costs of Eating Disorders

Eating disorders often go untreated. And when treated, it’s typically during a crisis, driving up care costs. But value-based care models could help lower the total cost of care by providing access to lower-acuity treatment and integrated care teams. Payers expanding access and wrap-around services to patients with an eating disorder often see cost savings […]

America’s Behavioral Health Crisis Is Worsening, New Statistics Suggest

The demand for behavioral health services continues to outpace the supply of services. In particular, the demand for eating disorder and anxiety disorder treatment has grown significantly since 2019, according to a new report by Trilliant Health. For example, the visit volume for eating disorders has increased by 52.6% from 2019 to 2022. Additionally, visit […]

How Health Care Vet Cassie McLean Is Building an Eating Disorder Treatment Powerhouse at Monte Nido & Affiliates

After naming a new CEO and changing ownership in late 2022, eating disorder provider Monte Nido & Affiliates is set on growing its footprint while expanding access to its services. To execute that mission, the private equity-backed company has tapped health care veteran Cassie McLean, who has worked in the sector for decades, most recently […]