Thriveworks, Ophelia Join Forces to Address Co-Occurring OUD and Psychiatric Disorders

Patients diagnosed with both opioid use disorder (OUD) and a psychiatric condition can experience decades-long delays before receiving treatment and significant barriers to care.  A new partnership between OUD treatment provider Ophelia and hybrid mental health provider Thriveworks is seeking to provide an accessible pipeline to care for patients with co-occurring OUD and psychiatric disorders. […]

Galen Mental Health Taps Ex-Refresh Exec as CEO

Galen Mental Health has named Kristen Scheel its CEO. Dr. Wendy Oliver-Pyatt and Dan Davidson co-founded the Alachua, Florida-based outpatient mental health provider. The company operates a network of mental health treatment centers that care for those with mental health, eating disorders and dual diagnoses. It also offers care via intensive outpatient programs (IOPs) and […]

Behavioral Providers Turn to Long-acting Injectables to Boost Adherence, Decrease Burden

Medication adherence is a critical issue for behavioral health providers. This is especially true for patients with serious mental illness. More than half of patients with schizophrenia are nonadherent to medication, and 50% of patients with depression and 44% of patients with bipolar disorder are nonadherent to medication, according to a meta-analysis. In order to […]

Third of States Can’t Identify Maltreatment Patterns in Residential Behavioral Health Facilities

Reports of abuse and neglect have increasingly rang alarm bells about the lack of oversight of children in residential behavioral health facilities.  A new report from the Office of Inspector General (OIG) found that almost one-third of states fail to collect the information that could identify patterns of maltreatment among foster children in residential facilities.  […]

UHS Sells 80-Bed Psychiatric Facility to Texas-Based Operator

Universal Health Services (NYSE: UHS) plans to sell River Crest Hospital, a San Angelo, Texas-based facility, to Shannon Health System, a healthcare provider based in the same city. The parties did not disclose the terms of the deal. The move expands the nonprofit Shannon Health System’s behavioral health division. Presently, Shannon operates a 22-bed inpatient […]

Pharma Giant Otsuka Teams Up with Alphabet Subsidiary Verily on Longitudinal Depression Registry

Pharma giant Otsuka (OTCMKTS:OTSKY) is teaming up with Alphabet’s life science subsidiary Verily to launch a new longitudinal study to research depression and mental health. The study, called My Mental Health Journey, will use Verily’s technology to collect real-world data from individuals living with depression and mental health disorders. The goal of the research is […]

‘There’s Not a Business Case’: Lack of Parity Hinders Transition to Value-Based Care

Value-based care and parity go hand-in-hand as the behavioral health industry continues to evolve beyond the fee-for-service paradigm. The interrelatedness of the two concepts often means that progress on one indirectly impacts the other. Moving toward either comes with several hurdles that require cash to fuel efforts to surmount them. Where things stand now, patients […]

CMS Proposes 2.7% Rate hike for Inpatient Psychiatric Facilities in 2025

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released its 2025 proposed rule for prospective payments and policies for Medicare-reimbursed inpatient psychiatric facilities. CMS has proposed a 2.7% increase in the payment rate of inpatient psychiatric facilities (IPFs) for 2025. The agency estimates that the total payments to IPFs in 2025 will increase by […]

TMS ‘Pioneer’ Greenbrook Delisted from Nasdaq

Toronto-based Greenbrook TMS Inc. (Nasdaq: GBNH) has been kicked off the Nasdaq Stock Market LLC.   On Friday, the transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and Spravato clinic provider announced it had received a final delisting notice from the stock market. The suspension is effective as of the opening of trading on Feb. 26. It’s unclear when shares […]

Patients With ‘Serious Psychological Distress’ Are Getting Less Outpatient Mental Health

During the coronavirus pandemic, the rate of those with “serious psychological distress” received outpatient mental health at a diminished rate. Further complicating the picture, the overall rate of American adults identified as experiencing serious psychological distress increased to 4.2% in 2021, compared to 3.5% in 2018, and gains in access to care were not seen […]