Pipeline: Sandstone Expands Youth Addiction Services in Illinois; Nystrom Expands Its Minnesota Services

Sandstone Care expands youth outpatient services  Youth provider Sandstone Care has opened a new outpatient facility in Buffalo Grove, Illinois. The center will be dedicated to providing age-specific behavioral health and substance use disorder treatment for teens and young adults. Patients will be able to access intensive outpatient programs (IOPs) and partial hospitalization programs (PHPs) […]

Trauma-Informed Approach Enhances Substance Use Disorder Care, Appeals to Payers

Substance use disorder (SUD) providers are increasingly building trauma therapy into their practices, offering screenings and specific treatments to address trauma and improve patient outcomes. Including these services may make providers more attractive partners for health plans. Still, providers may be missing a wide swath of their patient base who need trauma care. Research has […]

The Promise and Pitfalls of Value-Based Addiction Treatment

Payers and providers have struggled to draw out a roadmap for value-based care in addiction treatment. As a result, the adoption of value-based contracting in substance use care remains low. Still, some payers and providers blazed the trail over the past several years, highlighting some core do’s and don’ts for value-based care contracting. “I’ve been […]

‘It’s A Huge Deal’: Behavioral Health Stakeholders Praise New Mental Health Parity Rule

The public comment period hasn’t begun for the Biden administration’s recently published proposed mental health parity rule. But that hasn’t stopped a flood of commentary on the rule from entering the public sphere already. On July 25, the administration released a proposed rule that firms up mental health parity in terms of health plan’s compliance […]

Substance Use Disorder Executive Outlook: Plan for Economic Pressures, Regulatory Turmoil

In 2023, substance use disorder (SUD) executives forecast retaining and recruiting challenges, more modality flexibility, deeper adoption of data and value-based care and shifting regulatory frameworks. Behavioral Health Business reached out to top executives in the substance use disorder space to get their insights on two key questions — What will be the defining market […]

American Addiction Centers Names New COO to Lead Strategic Direction

American Addiction Centers named Ellen-Jo Boschert as its new chief operating officer. The Brentwood, Tennessee-based addiction treatment company announced Tuesday that Boschert’s appointment is effective Oct. 17. She comes to the role with more than 30 years of experience managing multi-site and multi-state health care organizations. At American Addiction Centers she will lead the company’s […]

How Wit v. United Behavioral Health Could Impact the Future of Behavioral Health Parity

The behavioral health industry awaits a vital federal appeals court decision in a long legal battle between payers and operators. No matter the decision, the ruling in Wit v. United Behavioral Health will have far-reaching consequences for behavioral health advocates pushing insurers on reimbursement parity. The class-action lawsuit — originally filed in May 2014 by […]

American Addiction Centers Taps Former Gateway Foundation Executive as New CEO

Multi-state treatment provider American Addiction Centers Holdings (AAC) has named Dr. Tom Britton as its new CEO. Britton comes to AAC from the Chicago-based Gateway Foundation. Britton had been president and CEO of Gateway – one of the largest non-profit addiction treatment providers in the nation – since 2015. “I am both humbled and excited […]

Talkiatry Fills Senior VP Role; New Appointments Tapped for Discovery, Promises Affiliates

Talkiatry adds senior vice president of operations Virtual behavioral health provider Talkiatry has named Vanessa Cao as its senior vice president of operations. Cao joins Talkiatry from New York-based wellness startup HealthQuarters, where she was the company’s head of operations. She has also previously held managerial roles with New York-based health system NYU Langone Health […]

Opioid Settlements Mean More Money for SUD Treatment Providers — But Amount, Timeline Unclear

Earlier this summer, Johnson & Johnson and the country’s three major drug distributors reached a $26 billion settlement in a deal with the attorneys general of several states for their role in the opioid epidemic, which has killed hundreds of thousands Americans and left many more on the wrong side of debilitating addictions and other […]