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Eleos Health and Kipu Health Announce Partnership to Deliver AI-Powered Insights to Behavioral Health Providers
Hey there. Tim here.
Thanks for giving me the week off last Wednesday. My dad was in town for turkey and it was great to watch him with the kiddos. Back at it this week.
This is issue #12 of The Census, a weekly newsletter to help you succeed in the behavioral healthcare industry. This week …
Eleos Health and Kipu Health announce A.I. partnership
SAMHSA awards Eagle Technologies a contract
Insurance companies are ghosting
Lightning Step starts new video series.
1. Eleos Health and Kipu Health Announce Partnership to Deliver AI-Powered Insights to Behavioral Health Providers
Kipu Health, the leading technology partner for mental health and addiction service providers, and Eleos Health, the leader in AI for behavioral health, today announced a partnership aimed at delivering meaningful insights and efficiencies to behavioral health providers.
By enabling Eleos Health's voice-based Natural Language Understanding (NLU) technology to be embedded within its Electronic Medical Record (EMR) platform, Kipu will empower its behavioral health clients to automate documentation and clinical analysis of patient sessions. This not only eases providers' notetaking process but also offers powerful insights to drive care decisions.
2. SAMHSA Awards Eagle Technologies, Inc. CSAT Umbrella Evaluation Contract (CUEC) Program Evaluation
he Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) awarded Eagle Technologies, Inc. (Eagle), and teaming partner, Brandeis University, a 5-year, $13 million contract to support SAMHSA’s Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) beginning in September 2023.
“The award is a big achievement for the growth of our Evaluation and Research business division,” remarked Eagle’s president Yilkal Abebe. “We believe strongly in SAMHSA’s purpose and are excited to be working with them again following the completion of our Behavioral Health Services Information System (BHSIS) contract in 2021.”
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4. ‘Payer Ghosting’ Further Straining Behavioral Health-Health Plan Relationship
Just four companies — UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), Elevance Health (NYSE: ELV), CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) and The Cigna Group (NYSE: CI) — control 48% of the health insurance market in the U.S. At the local level, 91% of American metros see one payer control 30% of the market, while one payer holds half of the market in 48% of metros, according to research by the American Medical Association.
At the macro level, payers approach the behavioral health industry with significant leverage. At the micro level, payers often know how far they are willing to go with industry tactics before they’re likely to experience a consequence. And even then, it’s worth it to deal with the consequences and do as they will.
“Payers seem willing to push the envelope further with behavioral providers given weak parity enforcement and the disproportional organizational and legal resources relative to the typical behavioral provider,” Weiner said.
In the past 10 years, the revenue and profits of the largest publicly traded health plans have increased by 300% and 287%, respectively, according to Potter’s analysis of public filings.
Several sources indicated that federal and state officials are strengthening parity enforcement, and there is increasing momentum behind this.
At the beginning of the month, the State of New York announced it had fined Medicaid managed care organizations (MCOs) for improperly handling behavioral health claims. Other states could follow suit.
5. Lightning Step Kicks Off A Video Interview Series
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That’s it for this week.
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