LifePoint Opens New JV Hospital Valley Springs; Summit BHC Launches 50-Bed Residential Facility

LifePoint opens new joint venture with Baystate Health  Behavioral health operator Lifepoint Health and nonprofit health system Baystate Health have opened a new joint venture Valley Springs Behavioral Health Hospital. LifePoint operates the Massachusetts-based facility, offering inpatient behavioral health services for teens and adults. It will include 150 private and semi-private rooms, as well as […]

Why Pennsylvania’s Behavioral Health Medicaid Carve-Out Could Be a Model for Integrated Care Nationwide

Pennsylvania’s localized approach to Medicaid could be a model for behavioral health and physical health integration nationwide. That’s according to the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Health Plan and Community Care Behavioral Health Organization, which recently published a policy report in the Journal of Psychiatric Services. Unlike other states, Medicaid behavioral health in Pennsylvania […]

Opioid Crisis Creating Access Issues in Different Areas of Behavioral Health

While opioid addiction dates back several decades, the phenomena only evolved into an epidemic in recent years. Since 2000, opioid overdose deaths have increased by about 200%, according to the American Association of Addiction Psychiatry. And in 2017 alone, nearly 48,000 people died from opioid overdose, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention […]