Eating Disorder Insurance Coverage

ACUTE Center for Eating Disorders & Severe Malnutrition is in network with most privately-held insurance programs.

Treatment for severe eating disorders and malnutrition at ACUTE is covered under the patient’s medical insurance benefit, preserving the mental health benefits for transition to a traditional inpatient or residential eating disorder treatment facility for continued recovery.

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Does Insurance Cover Eating Disorder Treatment?

We can and do secure single case agreements from other insurance companies all the time. Please inquire, and we’ll advocate on your behalf.

Unfortunately, ACUTE can NOT accept Medicare, Medicaid or Tricare at this time. Our admissions team will work to identify alternative medical providers with experience treating the medical complications of eating disorders, as well as traditional eating disorder treatment programs offering some degree of medical support accepting these insurances.

Please keep in mind that ACUTE is the only dedicated, specialized medical stabilization program for severe eating disorders and malnutrition in the country. If your insurance company is out-of-network, they will not have a comparable in-network option to offer you. We will work to secure a single case agreement or in-network waiver when possible.

Financial counselors are available to help coordinate financial plans and payment arrangements for any out-of-pocket costs. It is our goal to make this process as easy as possible, and we work to assist patients and their families in any way that we can.

Insurance Plans Contracted and In-Network with ACUTE:


Anthem BCBS

Beech Street





FAQ: Does ACUTE accept Medicare, Medicaid or Tricare?

ACUTE is unable to accept these insurances at this time. We understand that access to quality healthcare is incredibly important for those suffering from a severe eating disorder. Denver Health is a safety-net, not-for-profit hospital, with a mission to treat all people in the greater-Denver area, regardless of ability to pay.

The ACUTE Center for Eating Disorders & Severe Malnutrition is a specialty service line offered at Denver Health for eating disorder medical stabilization with a robustly enhanced system of care model. With patients at ACUTE coming from all over the nation via air-ambulance to receive our care, ACUTE's in-network insurance panels provide the resources necessary to operate ACUTE as a nationally designated Center of Excellence while also supporting the greater mission of the hospital in providing indigent care to the residents of greater-Denver.

In an effort to advocate for patients with Medicare, Medicaid and Tricare we have certain staff members at ACUTE who serve as leaders with the Eating Disorders Coalition advocating on Capitol Hill for insurance changes to support all people in need of eating disorder care. Additionally, our admissions team can provide referral resources to help find access to other programs around the nation that are able to accept insurance plans that we cannot. Please give us a call at 877-228-8348 to further assist you in care options. We're here to help.

ACUTE Earns Prestigious Center of Excellence Designation from Anthem
In 2018, the ACUTE Center for Eating Disorders & Severe Malnutrition at Denver Health was honored by Anthem Health as a Center of Excellence for Medical Treatment of Severe and Extreme Eating Disorders. ACUTE is the first medical unit ever to achieve this designation in the field of eating disorders. It comes after a rigorous review process.

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