Author Health Raises $115M for Senior-Focused Mental Health

Author Health, a hybrid mental health startup helmed by ex-Optum leader Katherine Hobbs Knutson, landed a $115 million debut funding round. The new company focuses on providing virtual and in-office mental health services to seniors with Medicare Advantage plans. It launched in 2022 and started seeing patients in January 2023, Knutson, CEO of the company, […]

Caron Medical Director: What We Get Wrong in Behavioral Health

For 30 years, we’ve been chasing a panacea for mental health, trying to find the right prescription or the right mix of medications as a substitute for comprehensive treatment. More and more, doctors prescribe medication alone, even though such medications should be supported by counseling. The lack of qualified therapists is compounded by insurance companies […]

Standardized Credentialing, Reimbursement Clarity Could Accelerate Use of Peers in Behavioral Health Care

Years into a national behavioral health workforce shortage, many provider organizations are now seeking to leverage peer specialists. Advocates argue that peers could be a crucial part of expanding behavioral health access and supporting patients holistically in their recovery. Yet reimbursement challenges and varying state licensure requirements have historically created barriers for providers utilizing the […]

SAMHSA, HHS Roll Out New National Model Standards for Behavioral Health Peer Support Certification

Federal health agencies have released new national model standards for peer support certification focused on the behavioral health workforce. The goal of the model standards – penned by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the Office of Recovery, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) – is to speed […]

Evernorth: Behavioral Health’s Impact on Physical Health Is ‘Something Plan Sponsors Cannot Ignore’

The majority of patients with behavioral health conditions also have one or more medical comorbidities. And this can drive up the cost of care for patients with a behavioral health diagnosis. That’s according to a new report by Cigna’s health service division, Evernorth. The report found that 22% of patients have a diagnosed behavioral health […]

5 Mental Health Companies to Watch in 2023

With macroeconomic headwinds leading to declining valuations and less M&A activity, the mental health space is at a crossroads. The notoriously fragmented industry is still prime for maturation, but many companies are facing growing pains. Several companies that came onto the public market during the 2021 boom year are struggling to keep up with investor […]

Why Pennsylvania’s Behavioral Health Medicaid Carve-Out Could Be a Model for Integrated Care Nationwide

Pennsylvania’s localized approach to Medicaid could be a model for behavioral health and physical health integration nationwide. That’s according to the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Health Plan and Community Care Behavioral Health Organization, which recently published a policy report in the Journal of Psychiatric Services. Unlike other states, Medicaid behavioral health in Pennsylvania […]

Lawmakers Sound Alarm on Lack of Transparency, Quality at Youth Residential Treatment Programs

Federal lawmakers have introduced new legislation calling for more oversight and data transparency from institutional youth treatment programs. U.S. Representatives Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) and Earl Carter (R-Ga.) introduced a version of the legislation to the House, while Senators Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.), Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), and Susan Collins (R-Maine) […]

Serious Mental Illness-Focused Provider Innovive Health Expands into Second State

Innovive Health, a home health provider that caters to individuals with serious mental illness (SMI), has announced its expansion into Colorado after acquiring an operating license from an already established business. This marks the second state for the Medford, Massachusetts-based provider, which cares for about 20,000 patients per week in its home state. Innovive uses […]