UHS Taps Aetna Alum to Fill Behavioral CMO Position

Universal Health Services (NYSE: UHS) has tapped an Aetna alum to be the new chief medical officer for its behavioral health division. UHS announced Monday that Mark Friedlander, a psychiatrist and MBA, would fill the role.  Headquartered in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, UHS has 328 behavioral health facilities spread across the US, Puerto Rico and […]

Behavioral Startup Concert Health Inks Integrated Care Deal with Major Hospital Chain

CommonSpirit Health, the second largest nonprofit hospital chain in the country, has partnered with Concert Health, a virtual behavioral startup that brings collaborative care to primary care practices across the country. The agreement is rooted in collaborative care and will help CommonSpirit better address behavioral health conditions such as anxiety and depression in primary care […]

Tridiuum, AbleTo Partner to Help Behavioral Health Patients Get Care Quicker

Tridiuum, a digital behavioral health solutions provider, has partnered with AbleTo, a virtual therapy provider, to help connect behavioral health patients to proven, cost-effective treatment more quickly. The goal is to tackle access to care and the shortage of behavioral health providers. The collaboration will first focus on patients insured by a plan in Northern […]

Mental Health Startup Focused on Treatment-Resistant Patients Raises $2M in Seed Funding

Osmind — a mental health technology startup focused on treatment-resistant patients — has raised $2 million in seed funding, the company announced Wednesday. The fundraising round was led by General Catalyst, with participation from What If Ventures, 20|20 Fund and various prominent health care executives, according to a press release announcing the news. Y Combinator […]

Patience, Aligned Quality Measures Key to Launching Successful Behavioral-Medical Care Integration Initiatives

Integrating behavioral and physical health care has been shown to improve patient outcomes while also curbing costs. Unfortunately, though, achieving successful care integration is sometimes easier said than done.  Achieving that success was the topic of a recent panel discussion at the 2020 Health Care Payment Learning & Action Network (LAN) Virtual Summit, held on […]

Pipeline: Monte Nido & Affiliates Entering New State; LifeStance Health Expands in Two Markets

Monte Nido & Affiliates to enter Georgia  Monte Nido & Affiliates — a PE-backed eating disorder treatment provider — has announced that it is entering the state of Georgia, where it will add two programs. Headquartered in Malibu, California, Monte Nido offers the continuum of eating recovery services, from residential to day treatment. It is […]

Acadia CMO, Behavioral Stakeholders: Payment Reform Necessary to Improve SMI Treatment

People with severe mental illnesses (SMIs) often end up homeless, hospitalized or incarcerated. To change that, federal and commercial payers need to reimagine the way they reimburse for the treatment of SMIs, behavioral health stakeholders say.  “Our mental health care payment system is really not geared toward people with serious mental illness,” psychiatrist and documentarian […]

Hospitals Cutting Behavioral Health Beds as Demand Grows

Amid COVID-19, hospitals nationwide have been forced to cut or repurpose behavioral health beds to make room for coronavirus patients. At the same time, overdoses and suicides are on the rise.   In New York state — which once contained the country’s worst COVID-19 hotspot — the problem is especially pronounced, the Wall Street Journal has […]

‘Groundbreaking’ New Center Tackles Homelessness, Serious Mental Illness with Unique Model

Homelessness and mental health issues often go hand-in-hand, making it hard for behavioral health providers to successfully solve one of those problems without also addressing the other. And now, COVID-19 has complicated things even further. In Harris County, Texas, where Houston is located, stakeholders have taken aim at both issues with the creation of a […]

Digital Mental Health Company Cerebral Lands $35M in Series A Funding

Digital mental health company Cerebral has closed on $35 million in Series A funding, the startup announced Wednesday.  The on-demand mental health care provider will use the money to expand its services to all 50 states, develop partnerships with insurers and build out a new mobile app, according to a press release announcing the news.  […]