Mental health is health

Last week, President Biden announced a proposed rule requiring payers “to make sure people have equivalent access between their mental health and medical benefits,” with the goal of improving Americans’ quality and coverage of mental health services. The message of the rule is clear: mental health is of equal importance as physical health. Rulemaking like this would create even stronger tailwinds for digital health entrepreneurs and investors focused on a range of digital behavioral health solutions—it’s been the top-funded clinical indication every quarter since 2018. Even in the great belt-tightening of the past few quarters, Rock Health’s venture funding database shows that companies with a mental health offering still pulled in $569M in H1 2023.

Recent approaches to digital mental health have increasingly focused on more severe conditions. Author Health raised $115M to provide treatment for serious mental illness and substance use disorder to Medicare Advantage members. Firsthand landed $28M in Q1 to address the needs of patients with serious mental illness in the Medicaid sector. And Rock Health port co Equip Health, which delivers evidence-based eating disorder treatment, recently scaled to serve patients in all 50 states. Hopefully, increased insurance coverage through the new policy will allow for more reimbursement pathways for these kinds of needed approaches. 

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APA Tool Helps Clinicians, Patients Evaluate Mental Health Apps
Not all digital mental health solutions are created equal Healthcare Brew

Digital Health Preparing To Test The IPO Waters
Watch list includes HeartFlow, Included Health, Everly Health, and Rock Health port co Benchling Axios 

Nearly 4 Million In U.S. Cut From Medicaid, Most For Paperwork Reasons
CMS is taking action to stem the tide of Americans losing coverage Washington Post 

London-Based Informa Plans To Buy HIMSS Healthcare Conference
A shakeup may be on the horizon for the big healthcare event Fierce Healthcare 

AWS Unveils A Generative AI Scribe For Docs—The Competition Is Fierce
Meanwhile, Google Cloud teams with CareCloud to bring GenAI to small practices Yahoo Finance

Average Cost Of Healthcare Data Breach Reaches $11M
Healthcare data breach average cost has risen 53% since 2020 Healthcare Dive

Recent Funding

  • Mindfulness, sleep, and meditation app Headspace banks $105M debt facility
  • RapidAI cashes $75M for its vascular care triage and decision support solutions
  • VR-based surgical visualization solution Proprio nabs $43M
  • Hippocratic AI adds $15M to further develop its healthcare focused large language model
  • Family First collects $11M for its caregiver support and mental health solution for employees
  • K4Connect snags $8.9M to integrate advanced technology into senior living communities
  • Family caregiver app Helpful launches with $7.5M
  • AI-based health crisis response and call center training solution ReflexAI scoops $3M
  • Sanguina inks $2.8M for its phone-based app to measure hemoglobin levels and detect anemia