By Bruce Japsen
May 8, 2016

News that one of the nation’s largest health insurance companies is pursuing an evidence-based approach to substance abuse treatment and opioid addiction could potentially speed up the slow march away from fee-for-service mental health treatment.

But Cigna and other health insurers that escalate their shift to value-based payments could reap a potential bonanza by reimbursing psychiatrists and other mental health providers based on how they improve the care of their patients, mental health advocates say.