Author Health, which provides mental healthcare and counselling for Medicare Advantage recipients, has announced launch of services in Florida’s Fort Lauderdale and Miami, after raising $115 million in funding led by New York-based General Atlantic and Boston’s Flare Capital Partners.
The multi-payer firm’s launch in South Florida is in collaboration with insurer Humana. It expects to expand to other locations early next year, besides adding Medicare Advantage and Special Needs Plan to its range of services.
“Our nation is clearly struggling to meet the health and social needs of people with behavioral health conditions, and those needs are only increasing within our aging population,” said Author Health CEO Katherine Hobbs, a psychiatrist. “Author Health was born out of the necessity to fundamentally shift how our health system prioritizes behavioral health and preventive services.”
Humana president and CEO Bruce Broussard called to attention “the devastating effects” of untreated mental health and substance use disorders, and said the company already observed “positive outcomes” of the program in South Florida.
Author Health believes mental healthcare is underserved in the Medicare community, even though one in four Medicare recipients has a mental illness, and 40% of Americans over the age of 50 with serious mental illness cite a lack of access to care. Aiming for a “team-based” approach to psychiatric care, the company is creating pools of physicians, nurses, therapists, and community health workers that can offer virtual and in-person care. It is also integrating services with primary care, and exploring ways in which counselling could address the psychological aspects of physical conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and cardiovascular disease.
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“Building and supporting more robust care options is essential for the U.S. to be able to respond to the growing need for mental health and substance use services, particularly amongst seniors and people with disabilities,” said Robbert Vorhoff, managing director and global head of healthcare at General Atlantic.
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Author Health also named Dr. Pei Nie, geriatric psychiatrist and former VP of Medical Affairs at Amwell and Aligned Health, as its chief medical officer.