CMS Launches ‘Revolutionary’ New Behavioral Health, Primary Care Integration Model

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is working to improve access to behavioral health with a new initiative designed to integrate behavioral health with physical health. The newly launched program, called the Innovation in Behavioral Health (IBH) Model, will connect adults with mental health conditions or substance use disorders (SUDs) to physical, behavioral […]

Novel Opioid Poppy Seed Tea Requires Similar Doses of Buprenorphine to Heroin

Clinicians may not be fully aware of poppy seed tea, a novel opioid made using easily obtained unwashed poppy seeds. Poppy seed tea has similar risks to other opioids, including the potential for death, according to research led by Scott Weiner, Bicycle Health’s director of research and emergency physician. Patients who seek treatment for poppy […]

SUD Provider Eleanor Names Sevita Vet William McKinney CEO

Substance use disorder provider Eleanor has named Sevita vet William McKinney its new CEO.  In McKinney’s previous role as CEO of home and community IDD provider Sevita, he led a team of 45,000 employees that served 55,000 individuals. His resume also includes tenure as president of Integrated Care Group for Fresenius Medical Care and vice […]

Driven by ‘Urgent Need’ Payers, Providers Take Action to Integrate Behavioral Health Into Women’s Health Care

For many women, an OB-GYN clinician is the physician they see most often. Women often visit their OB-GYN during vulnerable periods of life, including adolescence, pregnancy, postpartum and the menopausal transition, which can trigger bouts of depression or anxiety.  The integration of behavioral health and women’s health care has become more common as OB-GYNs encounter […]

Acadia CEO: EHR Investment Crucial to Enabling Value-Based Care Contracts

Acadia (NASDAQ: ACHC) is prioritizing strategic investment in its technology capabilities and comprehensive treatment centers (CTCs) for opioid use disorder. At the JP Morgan Healthcare Conference, Acadia CEO Christopher Hunter said these priorities would “drive the business forward” over the next year. As the largest pure-play behavioral health provider, Acadia sets the tone for the […]

‘This is Cause for Alarm’: Abstinence-Only Opioid Treatment Is Deadlier Than None, Study Says

Medications like methadone and buprenorphine have become the gold standard for treating opioid use disorder (OUD). But many people with OUD still receive abstinence-based treatment or no treatment at all for the chronic disorder. And people with OUD who receive abstinence-only treatment are more likely to die than people who receive no treatment at all, […]

Top Behavioral Health Trends for 2024

After a tumultuous 2023, 2024 may be a steadier year for the behavioral health industry. While behavioral health deals slipped in 2023, Behavioral Health Business expects M&A to pick up this year as interest rates fall and the economy stabilizes. Still, the M&A craze of 2021 is unlikely, and mega deals will be scarce. This […]

Only 18% of Medicare Enrollees with Opioid Use Disorder Received MAT in 2022

Despite an “urgent” need for Medicare beneficiaries to receive treatment for opioid use disorder (OUD), a low percentage receive potentially life-saving medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for the condition.  Approximately 52,000 Medicare enrollees experienced an opioid overdose in 2022, according to a report from the Office of Inspector General (OIG). However, only 18% of Medicare patients with […]

SUD Executive Forecast: Regulation, Primary Care Integration, ‘Clash with Payers’ Will Shape 2024

Despite the strong growth potential in the substance use disorder (SUD) treatment space, providers faced stiff headwinds in 2023, including rising patient acuity, access obstacles and shifting regulatory frameworks. Some of these challenges will continue to present problems for SUD treatment providers in 2024, but the new year will also bring significant opportunities, industry insiders […]

Elevance Health Implements Peer Support to Prevent Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome

Katherine Truesdell started using meth and alcohol when she was in middle school. As an adult, she hit “rock bottom” when child protective services got involved with her children, pushing her towards sobriety. Now, Truesdell is in long-term recovery and works as a peer specialist in Elevance Health’s (NYSE: ELV) Empower program. The program, launched […]