DENVER, CO, Oct. 27, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Virtual care is changing the way providers and patients alike think about behavioral health care. It increases access to treatment and allows mental health experts to meet people wherever they are: in their daily lives, surrounded by their daily stresses and support systems. For many people with eating disorders, mood disorders, and anxiety, specialized virtual care is key to sustainable recovery. That’s why today the Eating Recovery Center and Pathlight Mood & Anxiety Center (ERC Pathlight) announced a new name for their virtual Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP): Eating Healing at Home and Pathlighting at Home.
With years of grounded experience in evidence-based mental health care both in-person and online, ERC Pathlight has already brought treatment to the homes of more than 7,000 patients through virtual IOP. Currently available and accessible across the country (See current list here) Covered within the network by most commercial insurance plans in the United States, the Eating Recovery and Pathlight At Home program will expand to 40 states by the end of the year and all 50 states in 2023.
“Our virtual programming is a fantastic platform rooted in clinical excellence, transforming access to services so patients can receive care when and where they need it,” said Anne Marie O’Melia, MS, MD, chief medical officer and clinical officer at ERC. Bathlight. “We’ve been providing in-person care since 2008 and virtual care since 2016; we haven’t had to start from scratch in the pandemic. We’ve seen the positive effects of our virtual therapy model for years now. And soon we’ll be bringing our proven treatment to Americans in every state.”
ERC Pathlight is the nation’s leading mental health care system dedicated to treating eating disorders, primary mood, anxiety, and trauma-related disorders. The largest provider of online mental health treatment with higher levels of care; And the first hypothetical IOP provider with published results showing that hypothetical IOP is clinically effective on all outcomes measured including eating disorder symptoms, depression, self-esteem, quality of life, and general satisfaction. Led by the most experienced clinicians in the field – a team of renowned professionals with extensive training in and delivery of behavioral health ethics – and Pathlight At Home Recovery and Pathlight At Home breaks down geographical barriers and puts patients at the center of their recovery with easy access to treatment from the comfort of their own home.
According to ERC Pathlight’s Director of Remote Behavioral Health Initiatives, Casey Tallent, MD, virtual IOP patients report significant improvement in their symptoms while participating in the program.
“Patients treated for eating disorders reported clinically significant improvement in body dissatisfaction, binge eating, cognitive self-control, purging, restriction, and excessive exercise; whereas our mood and anxiety patients reported clinically significant improvement in depression and anxiety. and PTSD,” Talent said.
ERC Pathlight’s hypothetical IOP outcome data also indicated higher levels of attendance, participation, and program completion compared to in-person therapy. Recovery Intake and Pathlight At Home programs offer the same intensive treatment and clinical experience as personalized programming, but with the convenience of sharing wherever the patient is.
Five distinct programs make up the default IOP offerings Eating Recovery and Pathlight At Home:
• Treatment of eating disorders for adults
• Treating eating disorders for children and adolescents
• Treatment of binge eating disorders in adults
• Treatment of mood and anxiety disorders for adults
• Treatment of mood and anxiety disorders for children and adolescents
The new patient portal app will be launched in early November to improve the patient experience, ensuring virtual patients feel supported and connected to their healing community. The new app features easier access to join sessions and a live chat function to communicate directly with their healthcare provider.
For recovering eating at home, Mackenzie Carmichael blamed us, the transition from in-person therapy to the virtual one provided her with the ability to maintain her daily life and routine without the need to travel. Concerned at first, Carmichael wondered if she would receive the same level of care or would communicate with the other members of the group the same way she did in person. With her decision to “trust the process”, she was fully involved in the program and was able to connect and participate in the same ways she did through in-person meetings.
“It was similar to what our indoor programming was like when we were in person,” Carmichael said. “We all felt so supported, and our voices heard. She was so supportive, loving and inclusive. For me, it was a pleasure being able to do the treatment at home, having my family photos on my desk, and being in a place where I could feel completely comfortable.”
A hallmark of the Eating Recovery and Pathlight At Home programs is that patients stay with the same group and treatment team throughout their care to ensure they have a cohesive, supportive, and connected experience.
“In-home programs mean that our patients can experience recovery in their daily lives, and get the treatment they need without having to travel to a facility or put their jobs, families, or lives on hold,” Talent said. “We remove geographic barriers and help provide access in communities where there are limited resources or long waiting lists.”
Intake of Recovery and Pathlight at home provides:
• A team of experienced doctors providing three hours of programming a day, three days a week.
• Weekly individual or family therapy in addition to weekly nutritional therapy sessions for participants in the eating disorder program.
• Support and resources are provided for family members to share, learn and grow alongside their loved ones through weekly education and support groups of caregivers. A nutrition package for caregivers is also offered for those who support loved ones with eating disorders.
• In-network coverage for most commercial insurance plans in the US
said Deborah Michel, PhD, CEDS-S, FAED, National Director of Virtual Care at ERC Pathlight.
About the Eating Center for Recovery and the Bathlight Center for Mood and Anxiety
The Eating Recovery Center (ERC) and the Bathlight Mood and Anxiety Center comprise the nation’s leading mental health care system dedicated to treating eating disorders, primary mood, anxiety, and trauma-related disorders. The Egyptian Red Crescent specializes in treating patients with eating disorders and related conditions, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, neural necrosis, binge-eating disorder, food restriction avoidance disorder (ARFID), and unspecified feeding or eating disorders ( UFED) and associated conditions. Pathlight specializes in treating mood and anxiety disorders such as generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, depression, mania, and trauma-related disorders including post-traumatic stress disorder as well as concurrent substance use disorder. ERC and Pathlight provide innovative, evidence-based, tailored treatment programs for patients of all ages, genders, races, and ethnicities. Working closely with patients and their families, ERC and Pathlight’s multidisciplinary treatment programs are designed to help illuminate their unique paths forward and provide a foundation for resilience and long-term mental health. ERC and Pathlight offer levels of inpatient, residential, partial (PHP), and intensive outpatient (IOP) levels of care at centers across the country as well as virtual (video) telematics behavioral health services. For more information, please visit eatrecoverycenter.com or pathlightbh.com.
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