Senators Rally Behind Bills to Expand, Extend CCBHC Medicaid Demonstration

More than 80 Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) advocates convened on Capitol Hill Wednesday to urge Congress to extend and expand the CCBHC Medicaid demonstration program. Specifically, they’re asking lawmakers to support the Excellence in Mental Health and Addiction Treatment Expansion Act (S. 824/H.R. 1767), which would expand the pilot by two years and […]

Transactions: Merger Forms ‘Top-Five’ Autism Provider; Discovery Behavioral Health’s Latest Acquisition

Autism treatment companies merge to form one of nation’s largest ABA providers PE-backed BlueSprig Pediatrics, a Houston-based provider of applied behavior analysis (ABA), has announced its purchase of Florida Autism Center and its Georgia brand Fusion Autism Center, creating a “top-five national provider” of autism services, according to a press release announcing the news. Terms […]

Telehealth OUD Treatment Just as Effective for Pregnant Women as In-Person Assistance

As telehealth services become a more widely available and accepted form of treatment, providers may find it useful in treating pregnant women battling opioid use disorder (OUD). In fact, OUD telemedicine treatment can be just as productive and successful as treatment patients might otherwise get in a clinic, new findings suggest. The study was published […]

In the Pipeline: Oceans Healthcare’s Latest Facility; New Behavioral Health Hospitals

Opened Pyramid Healthcare opens second Georgia facility Pyramid Family Behavioral Healthcare has opened a new center in the Atlanta suburb of Sandy Springs, Georgia. The program provides intensive outpatient and partial hospitalization treatment services to adults and adolescents. Pyramid Family Behavioral Healthcare also offers treatment services in a second Atlanta suburb in Johns Creek. Its […]

Transactions: Ginger Acquires LiveBetter’s Tech; Landmark Recovery Buys New Building

Ginger acquires technology assets of LiveBetter San Francisco-based health and wellness startup Ginger has acquired the technology assets of LiveBetter, a free app that helps users address select mental health challenges. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. San Francisco-based Ginger is a virtual behavioral health care system that delivers coaching, therapy and psychiatry […]

Hospital CEOs List Behavioral Health Among Top Concerns

Behavioral health and addiction issues were among hospital CEOs’ top concerns in 2019, according to a new survey.  The American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) asked 1,481 community hospital CEOs from across the country to rank 11 issues based on how much they were impacting the CEOs’ organizations. Nearly 400 CEOs responded to the survey, […]

SUD Care Optimization Platform axialHealthcare Raises $15M

A care optimization platform that helps patients, providers and health plans navigate substance use disorder (SUD) has raised $15 million in Series C funding. The money will be used to accelerate axialHealthcare’s expansion into the SUD treatment and recovery sector, according to a press release announcing the news. Oak HC/FT, .406 Ventures, BlueCross BlueShield Venture […]

Sabra CEO Interested in Institutional Behavioral Opportunities, Not ‘Fancy Malibu Retreats’

Behavioral health deals could represent a large opportunity for Sabra Health Care REIT (Nasdaq: SBRA) in the future, according to CEO Rick Matros. Irvine, California-based Sabra is a real estate investment trust (REIT) with a portfolio of 429 properties across the United States and Canada. It has historically specialized in senior housing, skilled nursing and […]

Movers & Shakers: CEO Changes at Promises, Children’s Harbor; NABH Adds Policy Director

Promises chairman named interim CEO Rob Waggener, the chairman of Nashville, Tennessee-based mental health and SUD treatment provider Promises Behavioral Health, has been named the company’s interim CEO. Waggener will retain his chair post as he temporarily takes the helm of Promises, which operates 10 facilities in Florida, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Texas and its home state […]

Medicaid Expansion Leads to Spike in Number of People Receiving SUD Treatment

The expansion of Medicaid has allowed thousands to receive treatment for substance use disorder (SUD), a new study shows. States that chose to expand Medicaid following the enactment of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) have seen significantly more low-income adults seek treatment for SUD than states that did not. In fact, in four years, expansion […]