Webinar: Unpacking the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act

'Trends in Behavioral Health Webinar Series' - a silhouette of a face broken into puzzle pieces - 'Unpacking the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act'
  • Date Recorded: January 10, 2019
  • Presenters: Harry Nelson and Paul Gilbert
  • Length: about an hour
  • Price: free
  • Questions/Concerns: info@bhap.us | 888-958-2282

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There is a confluence of national and local public policy developments regarding mental health, substance use disorders, and treatment. The federal government, working in partnership with states, addresses behavioral health issues and establishes and enforces minimum standards. States, however, have significant power in making decisions—mental health regulations and available services can look very different from state to state, and even from county to county.

This was part of a partnership between Behavioral Health Association of Providers, Epstein Becker Green, and Nelson Hardiman: offering a winter / spring webinar series that addressed topics highlighting the accelerating legal and policy issues for the behavioral health industry.

The SUPPORT Act takes sweeping aim at the opioid crisis, focusing on numerous aspects of opioid prevention, treatment, and recovery and expanding various types of coverage, use of telemedicine, and electronic prescribing, among other things.

This webinar highlights important parts of the new law as it pertains to SUD treatment providers and how the law will potentially impact profitability and treatment offerings, including provisions that:

  • impose new, criminal penalties for kickbacks in the recovery industry (including what some may feel are common industry practices);
  • require a special registration for telemedicine services for patients that lack access to an in-person specialist; and
  • partially repeal the restrictions for “Institutions for Mental Disease” allowing Medicare/Medicaid providers more than 16 beds to treat mental health and SUDs.


Harry Nelson

Harry Nelson

Harry Nelson is the founder and managing partner of Nelson Hardiman, LLC, as well as the chairman of Behavioral Health Association of Providers.

Beyond his legal expertise, Harry is known nationally as a consummate leader at the intersection of healthcare law and business, as evidenced by his role in co-founding five healthcare-related start-ups in the last decade. Deeply immersed in healthcare transformation and innovation; he frequently speaks on cutting edge issues and the future of the industry itself.

Paul Gilbert

aul Gilbert

Paul Gilbert is in the Health Care & Life Sciences and Corporate Services division of Epstein Becker Green.

Paul regularly represents a broad range of health care provider and private equity clients in transactional, corporate, governance, compliance oversight, strategic, and change and crises management matters. He also counsels health care boards of directors on corporate governance, strategic alternative considerations, compliance oversight, and fiduciary duty matters.

Webinar: Unpacking the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act

Note: this webinar series was hosted by Epstein Becker Green. The webinar / slides are available on their site, linked above.


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