Out-of-Pocket Therapy Visits Average Nearly $175 an Hour

Only one-third of Americans with a behavioral health condition received treatment within a year of their diagnosis. That’s based on a new analysis of 2021 data by the actuary and technology consulting company Milliman; the nonprofit Inseparable commissioned the research. The resultant report paints a picture of how and where Americans are cut off from […]

LifeStance CEO on Optum-Refresh Deal: ‘It Has No Impact on Us’

LifeStance Health Group Inc. (Nasdaq: LFST) leadership is unperturbed by the widely regarded roll-up of Refresh Mental Health by Optum, the health services arm of the health care giant UnitedHealth Group Inc. (NYSE: UNH). Even with LifeStance being the largest operator in the outpatient mental health space — with 5,000 clinicians at over 500 offices […]

Behavioral Hospital Volumes Recovered Much Quicker Than Other Sectors in 2020, Data Shows

Inpatient admissions for behavioral health recovered from the coronavirus at a much quicker rate than for other medical services, according to a Milliman analysis of behavioral health claims from 12.5 million people.  Milliman is an international actuarial and consulting firm based in Seattle, Washington. The results of the report — shared with Behavioral Health Business […]

Spike in Number of Medicare Advantage Plans Offering Special Services to Beneficiaries with Behavioral Conditions

The number of Medicare Advantage (MA) plans offering special benefits to beneficiaries with behavioral health issues has spiked dramatically in the past year, according to a new analysis from the actuarial consulting firm Milliman.   Specifically, the report, which was commissioned by the Better Medicare Alliance (BMA), shows that 135 MA plans are using Special Supplemental […]

Behavioral Health Patients Drive Nearly 57% of Health Care Costs — Yet Little Spent on Behavioral Treatment

Patients with behavioral health conditions in addition to physical ones drive nearly 57% of all health care spending; however, very little of that money goes toward treating behavioral conditions. That’s according to a new report from Milliman commissioned by The Path Forward for Mental Health and Substance Use. The study was funded by the Mental […]

Disparities Widening in Coverage of Behavioral Health Care Versus Physical Health Care

U.S. employees are far more likely to go out of network and see lower reimbursement for behavioral health services than for physical health services. Despite a nationwide push for parity, those equality gaps are widening, according to a new study. The report — published by Seattle-based actuarial and consulting firm Milliman Inc. and commissioned by […]