UnitedHealth Group Tight-Lipped on Behavioral Health Plans After Expanding Segment

UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) is keeping details about its behavioral health strategy close to the chest. The health care and insurance company highlighted that its behavioral health business was thriving just a few quarters ago in its Q2 2023 earnings call. Now, despite recently expanding its behavioral health segment, the company is highlighting other aspects […]

Patient Wins Appeal Bringing Back Parity Lawsuit Against UnitedHealthcare

A federal appeals court revived a lawsuit alleging UnitedHealthcare violated federal behavioral health parity and insurance fiduciary laws. On April 11, the appeals court remanded parity and fiduciary claims to a California district court. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the lower court erred in dismissing those claims but affirmed a separate question […]

Supreme Court Rejects UnitedHealth Appeal, Boosting Behavioral Health Providers’ Standing with Insurers

In case you missed it, Behavioral Health Business has launched a new specialty publication for professionals in the substance use disorder space. You can subscribe to Addiction Treatment Business here: Subscribe today! The U.S. Supreme Court rejected a request by United Behavioral Health to hear a behavioral health claim denial case. The case, titled D.K. […]

6 Under-the-Radar Stories of 2023: LifeStance Scales Back, Feds Push to Deregulate Methadone

While 2023 unfolded at a dizzying pace, significant news in the behavioral health space may have escaped notice. This brief overview revisits several overlooked stories, offering valuable insights from a year marked by pivotal moments and promising trends. These overlooked stories represent meaningful developments in crucial industry narratives, serving as hidden gems and emblems of […]

UnitedHealth Group Broadens Behavioral Health Provider Network, Advances Integrated Care Delivery

UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) continues to escalate its behavioral health business, tacking on tens of thousands of new behavioral clinicians in the last year. UnitedHealth added a whopping 45,000 behavioral health professionals to its network last year as the company continues to push towards integrated care delivery, building off increasing behavioral health utilization, according to […]

UnitedHealth Group Pursues Integrated Care Amid Rising Behavioral Health Costs

UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) has seen a significant increase year over year in its behavioral health care costs. At the same time, the company’s health services organization, Optum, has also seen a large uptick in behavioral health usage year over year. UnitedHealth Group CEO Andrew Witty noted that this trend could have favorable outcomes. “We’re […]

Dr. Amar Desai to Serve as Optum Health’s Next CEO Amid Behavioral Health Integration Push

UnitedHealth Group’s (NYSE: UNH) health services subsidiary Optum Health has picked CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) vet Dr. Amar Desai as its new CEO. The leadership change comes as Optum further focuses on behavioral health service integration and strategic M&A.  In his new role, Desai will have a significant role in health care delivery at the […]

UnitedHealth Group Sees Behavioral Health Utilization Spike

UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) revealed that behavioral health utilization increased notably during the second quarter of the year. While the leadership of the Minnetonka, Minnesota-based health care and insurance behemoth didn’t disclose specifics, its leadership said the company is assuming higher behavioral health usage as it develops health plan benefits. Increased behavioral health utilization also […]

As UnitedHealth Group Looks to Deploy Capital on Provider Acquisitions, More Behavioral Health Deals Could Be Coming

UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) is doubling down on its value-based payment strategy and, in turn, further integrating behavioral health services. The company has ramped up its value-based care efforts in its insurance arm, UnitedHealthcare, and health services division, Optum. In UnitedHealth Group’s Q1 earnings call on Friday, it announced that Optum covers roughly 4 million […]

UnitedHealth Group Announces Free Behavioral Health Coaching

UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) gave select health insurance members free access to virtual behavioral health coaching. The company announced Thursday that certain commercial health insurance members gained access to the service on Jan. 1, 2023. The move impacts 5 million members on fully insured plans. Self-insured employers may purchase access to the service, according to […]