Paul A. Gomez and Gary W. Herschman, Members of the Firm in the Health Care and Life Sciences practice, were quoted in a Bloomberg BNA Health Law Reporter special report titled “Health-Care Transactions Update: January.”

Following is an excerpt (see below to download the full article in PDF format):

The growth in behavioral health is being driven, in part, by several recent developments, Gary W. Herschman, of Epstein, Becker & Green PC, Newark, N.J., told Bloomberg BNA, without commenting on any specific deals.

The U.S. Preventative Services Task Force issued in late January and early February recommendations on screening for depression in children, adolescents and adults. It’s probable, then, that some type of screening will become a common practice among providers—and that likely will lead to more demand for behavioral services that will spur transactional activity designed to take advantage of the growing need for behavioral health providers, he said.

Herschman’s partner, Paul A. Gomez, of Epstein, Becker & Green PC, Los Angeles, agreed, telling Bloomberg BNA that he expects to see ‘‘a higher level of investment’’ in the behavioral health space by both providers and private equity investors. There is ‘‘a greater awareness of the impact that behavioral health’’ care will have on overall health-care quality, outcomes and treatment costs, he said.

Mr. Gomez and Mr. Herschman serve on Bloomberg BNA’s Health Care Transactions Editorial Committee and regularly provide editorial oversight on Health Law Reporter special reports.

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