Psychedelics, Virtual Reality Offer Novel Paths for Treating Eating Disorders 

Eating disorders have among the highest mortality rates of any psychiatric illness and remission rates among patients with eating disorders are, by some estimates, as low as 29%. New treatment modalities are urgently needed to improve outcomes, especially for people with severe and enduring eating disorders, industry insiders told Behavioral Health Business. Despite this, funding […]

Eating Disorder Industry Will Grapple With Higher-Acuity Cases, AI, Ozempic-Related Challenges in 2024

Eating disorder services remained in high demand in 2023. As a result, there were several major investments. But it wasn’t all smooth sailing for the industry. In late 2023, two large PE-backed behavioral health providers scaled back eating disorder services. Eating disorder providers will have to tackle increasingly complex, higher acuity cases in 2024, industry […]

[Updated] Equip Will Now Treat Adults with Eating Disorders Following $20 Million General Catalyst Investment 

Virtual provider Equip announced that it is expanding its scope of care to treat adults with eating disorders. The San Diego-based provider got its start treating people with eating disorders under the age of 24. There is also a substantial need for eating disorder care in the adult population, however. Additional funding from General Catalyst, […]

Discovery Behavioral Health Names Growth, Strategy Exec; Equip Hires First President

Equip hires its first president Equip, a virtual, evidence-based eating disorder treatment company, appointed Nikia Bergan as its first-ever president. Bergan will report to co-founder and CEO Kristina Saffran and serve as an observer on the Equip board of directors. For nearly 20 years, Bergan worked at the Advisory Board Company, part of Optum. Optum […]

How Value-Based Care Models Can Help Address the Hidden Costs of Eating Disorders

Eating disorders often go untreated. And when treated, it’s typically during a crisis, driving up care costs. But value-based care models could help lower the total cost of care by providing access to lower-acuity treatment and integrated care teams. Payers expanding access and wrap-around services to patients with an eating disorder often see cost savings […]

Equip’s New CCO Meaghen Greene Looking to Make Company ‘Synonymous’ with Eating Disorder Treatment

Digital eating disorder provider Equip has made headlines this year after announcing a nationwide expansion and closing a $58 million Series B funding round. The San Diego-based startup is quickly expanding its team, too. Over the summer, it named health care veteran Meaghen Greene its next chief commercial officer. Greene is joining the team after […]

Following Nationwide Expansion, Virtual Eating Disorder Provider Equip Focuses on Medicaid

Digital eating disorder provider Equip has announced its nationwide expansion. The virtual provider will now be able to see patients in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. The San Diego-based company began seeing patients in October 2020. Less than a year later, it inked its first payer partnerships with UnitedHealthcare. Now, it works with a […]

Inside the Equip and Aetna Partnership to Bring an Outcomes-Based Approach to Eating Disorder Treatment

Since its founding in 2019, virtual provider Equip has been doing its part to help stem the tide of eating disorders. Now, after having proved its outcomes-based treatment approach to insurer Aetna, the two companies are partnering to offer services to plan beneficiaries.  Aetna – which is owned by pharmacy giant CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) […]

Aetna and Equip to Roll Out Virtual Treatment for Eating Disorders

Aetna has announced that it is partnering with eating disorder treatment provider Equip to provide virtual treatment services to the insurer’s commercial members. The program will initially be rolled out to Aetna members in California, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Texas and Washington, with hopes to roll it out to more states next year. The […]

Why 2022 Will be the Year of M&A for Digital Mental Health

Following a blockbuster year for digital mental health care investment in 2021, the pressure is on to go big and bold. There have already been a few game-changing acquisitions in the space — the earliest and most defining is the merger of Ginger and Headspace, which created a $3 billion company called Headspace Health during […]