D.C. Medicaid Program Granted First IMD Waiver Specifically for Mental Health

A first-of-its-kind Medicaid demonstration project aimed to improve care for beneficiaries with serious mental illness (SMI) and/or serious emotional disturbance (SED) has been approved in Washington, D.C. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the approval of D.C.’s Section 1115 Medicaid waiver Wednesday. It quite literally waives federal rules that typically prevent Medicaid […]

White House: Opioid Crisis Cost U.S. $2.5 Trillion from 2015 to 2018

The opioid epidemic cost the U.S. an estimated $696 billion in 2018 alone — and more than $2.5 trillion total from 2015 to 2018, according to new estimates from the White House Council of Economic Advisers (CEA).  The White House released those numbers last week, demonstrating the continued importance of substance abuse treatment facilities nationwide. […]

Sabra Eyes More Investment Opportunities Within Addiction Treatment Sector

Although Sabra Health Care REIT (Nasdaq: SBRA) only made its first investment in the addiction treatment sector in the third quarter of 2019, company leaders are optimistic they’ll dive deeper into the space in the future. “We’re working on some other opportunities there as well,” Sabra CEO Rick Matros told investors Thursday on the company’s […]

Uncertainty Surrounding EKRA Could Hurt Behavioral Health Providers

For decades, behavioral health care was shrouded in stigma, making effective services hard to come by — and pay for. But now, need, payment and technology are aligning to make behavioral health care services more accessible than ever before. In many ways, that’s a good thing: It means more people can successfully address issues related […]

Medication-Assisted Treatment Use Up Among Medicaid Beneficiaries — But Roadblocks Remain

The number of Medicaid beneficiaries receiving medication-assisted treatment (MAT) to fight opioid use-disorder (OUD) is growing — but significant barriers to access remain. Between 2013 to 2017, the number of Medicaid prescriptions for MAT medications boomed, tripling for one drug — buprenorphine — and quadrupling for another — naltrexone. Despite the spike, 56% of beneficiaries […]

White House Launches Website to Simplify Search for Addiction Treatment Facilities

The Trump administration has launched a new website designed to make it easier for Americans to find reputable addiction treatment options. The White House unveiled the website, FindTreatment.gov, on Wednesday. The tool helps users sort through a directory of addiction treatment providers that is kept by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA). […]

New York Stock Exchange to Delist American Addiction Centers Parent Company

The New York Stock Exchange has started the process to delist AAC Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: AAC), the parent company of American Addiction Centers. The news comes after the NYSE suspended trading on the stock just a few days earlier. Both moves are a consequence of AAC falling below the NYSE’s continued listing standard. It requires […]

Montana Sees Boom in Medication-Assisted Treatment Availability

The number of doctors in Montana prescribing medication-assisted treatment (MAT) has increased about 650% in just two years, according to the Montana Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS). Back in January, 2017, the state had just over 20 MAT providers — but today, it has more than 130. MDHHS released those numbers in conjunction […]

Addiction Business Hurts Universal Health Services in Q3

Universal Health Services (NYSE: UHS) posted mixed results in the third quarter of 2019, with a large pain point being the hospital management company’s addiction treatment chain, Foundations Recovery Network. Year-over-year, revenue was up 6% in Q3 while net income was down about 43% for UHS. Based in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, UHS has hundreds […]