Anthem-Affiliated Health Plans Double MAT Metrics in Four Years

In the past four years, health plans affiliated with Anthem (NYSE: ANTM) have more than doubled the percentage of members receiving whole-person medication assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorder (OUD).  Four years ago, the insurer found that only 18% of consumers were receiving both drug therapy and counseling services as part of their MAT […]

Pipeline: Acadia’s Virtual Groundbreaking; Pinnacle’s Latest Program

Acadia, Covenant Health break ground on new behavioral hospital  Acadia Healthcare (Nasdaq: ACHC) and Covenant Health have officially started construction on their newest inpatient behavioral health hospital, East Tennessee Behavioral Health. Franklin, Tennessee-based Acadia is a behavioral health provider that operates nearly 600 behavioral health facilities across the U.S., the U.K. and Puerto Rico. Meanwhile, […]

RCA Plants First Flag in Midwest with New Facility

Recovery Centers of America (RCA) — a private equity-backed substance use disorder (SUD) treatment provider based in the Northeast — has opened its first Midwestern location. The new facility in suburban Chicago started accepting patients Tuesday. The organization plans to expand its presence in the heartland even further later this year. Based in St. Charles, […]

Only Half of Clinicians Waivered to Prescribe Buprenorphine Actually Do So

Despite the stringent federal requirements clinicians must meet to become waivered providers of buprenorphine, only about half of those eligible to prescribe the medication-assisted treatment (MAT) drug actually do so.   That’s according to a new study conducted by Pew Charitable Trusts in collaboration with Deerfield Management Co. and Rand Corp. The findings were published on […]

Movers & Shakers: Caron Treatment Centers CEO to Retire; Medical Director Shake-Ups

Maine’s largest mental health provider gets new president Maine’s largest mental health provider has selected a new president. Kelly Barton will officially step into the role at Maine Behavioral Healthcare in early October. Maine Behavioral Healthcare is a not-for-profit that serves more than 20,000 patients across 30 locations in the state. It’s part of the […]

Intermountain Charts Path Through Uncertain Telehealth Future with Tele-SUD Plan

Over the past several months, health care organizations have been propping up telehealth programs left and right in response to the coronavirus. Substance use disorder (SUD) treatment providers are no exception. According to a new survey by the digital behavioral health solutions provider Tridiuum, more than 80% of behavioral health providers started using telehealth for […]

Pipeline: New Residential Treatment Centers for Teens; SSM Opens Mental Health Urgent Care

Evolve Treatment Centers opens two new locations  Evolve Treatment Centers has opened two new residential treatment centers for teens. Both centers are located in the East Bay, with one in Walnut Creek, California, and the other in Lafayette, California. Los Angeles-based Evolve has 13 locations across the state of California. It specializes in treating teens […]

REIT Relationship Helps Landmark Recovery Fuel Expansion, Navigate Pandemic

Amid the COVID-19 emergency, behavioral health providers are struggling. They’re grappling with increased costs and decreased revenues, while also seeing more demand for their services. As a result, 71% of organizations have had to cancel, reschedule or turn away patients over the past three months, according to a recent survey by the National Council for […]

National Council Launches CCBHC Success Center to Help Expand Model Across the U.S.

The National Council for Behavioral Health has launched a new Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) Success Center, with the goal being to help more providers across the nation adopt the model. Based in Washington, D.C., the National Council is a behavioral health advocacy organization with more than 3,300 members across the country, most of […]

Former CEO of Liberation Way Addiction Treatment Center Sentenced to 3 Years For Fraud

The former CEO of a Pennsylvania addiction treatment center has been sentenced to three years in federal prison for his role in a fraud scheme.  Jason Gerner — who founded Yardley, Pennsylvania-based Liberation Way in 2015 after recovering from opioid addiction himself — was sentenced Monday. The punishment comes after he pleaded guilty to charges […]