Co-Founder of Addiction Center Pleads Guilty for Role in $100M Fraud Scheme

The co-founder of a Pennsylvania addiction rehab center has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit health care fraud for his role in an “elaborate” insurance scheme, according to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). The scheme fraudulently billed insurers for more than $100 million, local newspaper The Intelligencer reported. Defendant Branden Coluccio entered the plea […]

In the Pipeline: CARD Opens Latest Center; New Substance Abuse Facilities

Opened CARD opens new facility Woodland Hills, California-based Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD), one of the largest national autism treatment providers, has opened a new facility in Gilbert, Arizona, southeast of Phoenix. The organization, which provides applied behavioral analysis (ABA) therapy to individuals of all ages, operates 10 locations in Arizona, including the […]

Movers & Shakers: Odyssey Behavioral Healthcare Hires COO; Promises Behavioral Health’s New Marketing Chief

Odyssey Behavioral Healthcare names new president, COO Brentwood, Tennessee-based Odyssey Behavioral Healthcare, which provides a variety of treatment services at centers in seven states, has named Richard Clark as president and COO. Clark has more than 30 years of experience in health care, most recently serving as president of the Western Group for Franklin, Tennessee-based […]

MAT with Buprenorphine, Methadone Superior to Other OUD Treatments in Preventing Overdoses

Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) with buprenorphine or methadone is the gold standard for treating individuals with opioid use disorder (OUD), a new study suggests. Compared to other methods of treatment, researchers discovered that when buprenorphine or methadone are administered to individuals with OUD as part of their MAT regimen, they are less likely to experience an […]

Digital Substance Abuse Treatment Startups Captivate Investors, Payers

In America today, the need for more substance use disorder (SUD) interventions is clear. In 2017, more than 70,000 people died from drug overdoses, and the alcohol-related death rate was twice what it was 20 years earlier. Those statistics don’t include nearly 20 million others who did not die but still battled SUD that year. […]

Behavioral Health Leaders Urge Congress to Expand CCBHC Medicaid Demonstration

Dozens of behavioral health organizations are urging Congress to expand the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) Medicaid demonstration, which is set to expire May 22. In a letter released Tuesday, 60 stakeholders asked lawmakers to extend the demonstration for the eight states currently participating and expand the program to nearly a dozen more states. […]

In the Pipeline: Banner Health Opens New Clinic; Providers Prep for Groundbreakings

Opened Banner Health opens new Colorado unit Phoenix-based health care nonprofit Banner Health has opened a new behavioral health unit in Loveland, Colorado, in the northern part of the state. The 17-bed outpatient facility, which serves adults ages 55 and older, is located at McKee Medical Center on the hospital’s second floor. McKee is also […]

Boulder Care Announces $10.5M in Series A Funding

Boulder Care, a digital startup that coordinates treatment services for individuals struggling with opioid use disorder (OUD), has announced $10.5 million in Series A funding. In a blog post last week on Medium, Boulder co-founder and CEO Stephanie Papes announced the funding and that the company has enlisted Greycroft Partners and Tusk Ventures to provide […]

Transactions & Financings: Mystery Provider Signs Lease on New Headquarters; Autism Acquisitions

Acorn Health acquires Autism University Autism Services of Michigan (ACM), an Acorn Health company based in Traverse City, is joining forces with another Wolverine State provider, Macomb-based Autism University. Under the deal, Autism University will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Acorn Health. Financial terms were not disclosed. Acorn Health operates five autism services companies specializing […]