The widespread economic impact of COVID-19 has touched all industries, including addiction treatment and behavioral health providers. Cash flow interruptions have caused some providers to consider their options, including bankruptcy and restructuring. Recently American Addiction Centers (AAC), a publicly traded provider, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. AAC acknowledged that, prior to COVID, the company was attempting to address its debt levels. However, the stay-at-home orders which many governments entered reduced inpatient admissions and outpatient visits, which prevented AAC from making debt payment.
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