Lawyers: Biden Unlikely to Expand Parity to Include Medicare, But Other Behavioral Changes Probable

When President Joe Biden was elected, behavioral health stakeholders were hopeful he would tackle some of the industry’s most pressing issues, chiefly among them being parity.  Even though the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (MHPAEA) requires issuers to make behavioral health coverage no more restrictive than medical coverage, payers frequently come […]

2021 Autism Outlook: Stakeholders Predict Consolidation, Service Expansions in Year Ahead

Autism treatment providers have been hit especially hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, as many of their services are dependent upon in-person connections. But in 2021, stakeholders predict the industry will bounce back; however, it won’t look the same way it did pre-pandemic. Executives and insiders in the space anticipate more children will need higher levels […]

COVID-19 Creating Potential Diagnostic Delays for Children with Autism

More than 982,000 children suspected to have autism could see delays in their diagnoses due to the COVID-19 emergency, according to Autism Parenting Magazine.  Research highlighted by the publication shows that, since April, there has been a 350% increase in Google searches for the term “early signs of autism in toddlers.” Meanwhile, searches for “signs […]

Kindred Behavioral Health COO Calls Out Industry-Wide Need to Improve Care Continuity, Collaboration

While the nation has started to see the importance of behavioral health care, it still has a long way to go when it comes to making behavioral services as accessible and comprehensive as those in physical health care.  “We’re in the early innings when it comes to access and availability,” Rob Marsh, senior vice president […]

What PE Investors Want from Autism Treatment Providers

With private equity’s interest in autism expected to accelerate in 2020, providers in the space are poised to have a potentially lucrative year.  The autism market, though one of the smallest sub sectors in behavioral health at an estimated $7 billion, currently commands some of the industry’s highest valuations. “In autism, [multiples are] upwards of […]

Private Equity Hungry for Autism Providers, Consolidation Will Accelerate

Private equity’s interest in autism has boomed in recent years, and in 2020, providers can expect to see more of the same. Armed with record levels of capital, private equity firms such as Blackstone Group, Inc. and Carlyle Group LP have amassed almost $1.5 trillion in unspent capital, the highest year-end total on record, according […]