Court Rules UnitedHealth Violated Parity Laws By Refusing ABA Coverage

A unit of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) violated the federal benefits law and the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act when it refused to cover certain autism therapy services, a federal judge in Oakland, California has ruled. U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers made the call earlier this month. The ruling comes after an […]

Judge Rules UnitedHealth Must Reprocess 67K Behavioral Claims

UnitedHealth Group must reprocess about 67,000 behavioral health care claims that it previously denied, a federal judge ordered on Nov. 3.  The ruling comes after a years-long legal battle, which is centered around more than 50,000 patients who were beneficiaries of UnitedHealthcare’s United Behavioral Health (UBH) between 2011 and 2016. During that time, their behavioral […]

MAT with Buprenorphine, Methadone Superior to Other OUD Treatments in Preventing Overdoses

Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) with buprenorphine or methadone is the gold standard for treating individuals with opioid use disorder (OUD), a new study suggests. Compared to other methods of treatment, researchers discovered that when buprenorphine or methadone are administered to individuals with OUD as part of their MAT regimen, they are less likely to experience an […]

UHS Behavioral Health President ‘Willing to Lead Differently,’ Set New Collaboration Standard

As 2020 kicks off, so does the beginning of Matt Peterson’s first full calendar year with Universal Health Services (NYSE: UHS). Peterson joined the hospital management behemoth last September, when he was named president of the company’s behavioral health division and executive vice president of UHS as a whole. With a background in finance, managed […]

UnitedHealth Group Temporarily Avoids Parity Lawsuit

UnitedHealth Group avoided a parity fight Monday, when a California federal judge dismissed a lawsuit claiming the insurer unfairly denied a man his right to receive coverage for addiction treatment. However, the insurer isn’t in the clear just yet, according to Law 360. The class action suit, originally filed last July, stated that the lead […]