Why MAT for Alcohol Use Disorder Gets Overshadowed

A small portion of Americans who have alcohol use disorder (AUD) get potentially lifesaving and effective treatment. Patients and providers alike overlook medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for AUD due to rather potent market forces. Unlike most substances for which people seek treatment, huge sectors of American society and the economy encourage the consumption of alcohol. Spirits […]

Long-Time BayMark CEO David White Steps Down

BayMark Health Services, one of the country’s largest substance use disorder (SUD) providers, has named Marshal Salomon its next CEO.  Salomon joins the organization after serving as CEO of gastroenterology and urology practice management company Unio Health Partners. His resume also includes stints as CEO of The Oncology Institute and InterDent Service Corporation. “We’re confident […]

MAT Curbs Opioid Use by 65% After 3 Months, But Fentanyl Still Hindering Treatment

Patients receiving medication-assisted treatment (MAT) combined with counseling for opioid use disorder (OUD) see significant improvements – not only in drug-use reduction, but also in mental health, legal issues and interpersonal relationships. That’s according to a new white paper from Baymark Health Services, which found that illicit drug use decreases by 65% over the first […]

Baymark, Sheppard Pratt CEOs Tout SAMHSA’s Behavioral Health Action Plan as Almost ‘Spot On’

The federal government gave the behavioral health industry a behind-the-scenes look at its strategic priorities for the coming years earlier this month. Those priorities, outlined by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), include a push to better integrate behavioral health care into physical health care — and the other way around. Other […]

Addiction Treatment Providers to Watch in 2023 and Beyond

Within the behavioral health sector, it has been a bumpy 12 months for autism treatment providers. But it’s turning out to be somewhat of a tumultuous year for those in the substance use disorder (SUD) space as well. SUD dealmaking fell below pre-pandemic levels in Q1, according to a recent report by M&A advisory firm […]

Monte Nido Names New COO; Cerebral Appoints Chief People Officer

Monte Nido hires new COO Giulia Peterlongo has begun her new role as the chief operating officer at eating disorder provider Monte Nido & Affiliates. Before joining Monte Nido, Peterlongo worked for DaVita Kidney Care for almost seven years, recently serving as division vice president. She previously served as a health care specialist at McKinsey […]

Lawmakers Push for More At-Home Methadone Prescriptions

Federal lawmakers introduced a new bill that would loosen regulations on methadone prescribing. Legislators released the Modernizing Opioid Treatment Access Act in the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate. A bipartisan group announced the bill, saying it would be vital in expanding care for opioid use disorder (OUD). “This legislation lowers barriers to care […]

It’s Not ‘Magic’: Ending the X-Waiver Alone Unlikely to Fix MAT’s Access Problem

The federal government now allows any appropriately registered prescribers to use buprenorphine to treat patients with opioid use disorder (OUD) after years of loosening restrictions on the drug. Several behavioral health insiders see the move as having clear benefits for the industry. However, the benefit of deregulating buprenorphine may underwhelm in the short-term and even […]

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 […]

Dry Powder Plentiful for Behavioral Health Acquisitions, But Expect Caution and Strategic Deals in 2023

As the Federal Reserve continues to raise interest rates, many behavioral health stakeholders are tightening their belt on merger and acquisition deals. But for providers with cash, it could be a prime time to strike. “What we’re seeing when we are out talking about acquisitions is that people are dropping out quicker and they don’t […]