Cigna Doubles Down on Commitment to Virtual Behavioral Health Post-Pandemic

The health insurance giant Cigna (NYSE:CI) is once again doubling down on its commitment to virtual behavioral health care post-pandemic. Like most insurers, Cigna watched its virtual behavioral health claims spike amid the COVID-19 emergency. And Stuart Lustig, Cigna’s senior medical director for behavioral health, told Behavioral Health Business there’s no going back now. “It […]

Movers & Shakers: Community Psychiatry’s New CEO; Quit Genius, BehaVR Add Leadership Positions

California behavioral provider names CEO Sacramento, California-based Community Psychiatry, an outpatient behavioral health provider, has named Christopher Brengard as its CEO. He replaces outgoing CEO Ken Kelly. Community Psychiatry has more than 40 locations across the state of California, where it provides mental health services. Before joining the company, Brengard most recently served as chairman […]

Cigna Behavioral Exec: Virtual Care Access Will Continue to Accelerate Post-Pandemic

The health insurance giant Cigna (NYSE:CI) has long expressed interest in remote behavioral health care delivery. It’s first big commitment came back in 2017, when the insurer rolled out its virtual care network, creating a system of thousands of behavioral providers able to deliver care remotely. In the years that followed, Cigna slowly continued to […]

Quit Genius Scores Partnership with Cigna’s Evernorth

Quit Genius, a digital clinic that treats addiction, has scored a partnership with Evernorth, Cigna Corporation’s (NYSE: CI) new health services segment. The agreement makes the San Francisco-based digital therapeutics company the first and only nicotine cessation solution available through the Evernorth Digital Health Formulary, previously known as the Express Scripts Digital Health Formulary. Express […]

Mental Health Startup Ginger Snags $50M with Investments from Cigna, Kaiser Permanente

On-demand mental health care startup Ginger has raised $50 million in Series D funding, the company announced Thursday. The funding round was led by Advance Venture Partners and Bessemer Venture Partners, with contributions also coming from big names such as Cigna Ventures, Kaiser Permanente Ventures and Jeff Weiner, the executive chairman of LinkedIn. The new […]

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. […]