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  1. Behind the opioid epidemic's 'fourth wave'

    The opioid epidemic has entered its fourth wave, experts say, driven by the use of stimulants alongside cocaine, NPR reported July 10. 
  2. CMS proposes telehealth option for opioid use disorder treatment

    Opioid treatment providers would be able to offer more services through telehealth under CMS' proposed Medicare payment rules for 2025. 
  3. Why this LA behavioral hospital plans to nearly double its capacity

    Los Angeles-based Gateways Hospital and Mental Health Center touches almost every aspect of behavioral healthcare — and has plans to do more. 

The COVID-19 'infodemic': How 4 systems are combating health misinformation

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  1. CMS pitches 2025 physician fee schedule: 5 behavioral health updates

    CMS is proposing adding Medicare reimbursement for creating safety plans and follow-up services for patients in crisis. 
  2. The least stressed U.S. cities

    Fremont, Calif., is the least stressed city in the U.S., according to a WalletHub ranking published July 8. 
  3. New mental health regulations for insurers could be finalized in July

    The Biden administration is planning to finalize mental health parity regulations for insurers in July, Politico reported July 8. 
  4. Los Angeles OKs $143M mental health facility

    Los Angeles General Medical Center received approval from city officials to construct a $143 million mental health treatment facility, The Eastsider reported July 9.

The COVID-19 'infodemic': How 4 systems are combating health misinformation

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  1. Providence hospital to close children's psych unit, cut 50 jobs

    Renton, Wash.-based Providence will close its inpatient psychiatric unit for children at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, Wash. 
  2. Most Tricare mental health directories inaccurate, watchdog finds

    The majority of entries for mental health providers in Tricare directories are inaccurate, a report from the Government Accountability Office found. 
  3. HHS puts $27.5M toward women's mental health

    HHS and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration have allocated $27.5 million to fund opportunities aimed at improving women's mental health in the U.S., along with an additional $1 million in grants.
  4. Employees of shuttered behavioral health centers still seeking pay

    Former employees of Retreat Behavioral Health have still not been paid for their final weeks of work. 

The COVID-19 'infodemic': How 4 systems are combating health misinformation

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How Ballad, MetroHealth and 2 other systems are addressing COVID misinformation and restoring patient trust. Join the virtual discussion here.
  1. Most stressed U.S. cities

    Cleveland is the most stressed city in the U.S., according to rankings published by WalletHub on July 8. 
  2. Yale New Haven Hospital names vice chief of psychiatry, behavioral health

    Yale New Haven (Conn.) Hospital named Hun Millard, MD, vice chief of psychiatry and behavioral health. 
  3. Make mental healthcare effortless for veterans, VA leader says

    Behavioral health providers can better support veterans by eliminating as many barriers to access as possible, one Veterans Affairs behavioral health leader says. 
  4. Washington system plans $13M behavioral unit expansion

    Sunnyside, Wash.-based Astria Health has broken ground on a 14-bed expansion to the behavioral health unit at Astria Toppenish (Wash.) Hospital. 
  5. Optum's behavioral health business: 5 things to know

    UnitedHealth Group's Optum, the largest employer of physicians in the U.S., is expanding its reach in behavioral health. 
  6. Walmart sells virtual behavioral health platform amid clinic closures

    Walmart has sold MeMD, its virtual behavioral, urgent, and primary care benefits platform to healthcare technology startup Fabric.
  7. Summit Behavioral Health to add outpatient services across 37 clinics

    Franklin, Tenn.-based Summit Behavioral Healthcare is adding outpatient services across its 37 clinics. 
  8. Maryland pauses licensing for some behavioral health providers

    The Maryland Department of Health will pause enrolling some types of behavioral health providers into the state's Medicaid program for six months to address potential fraud, waste and abuse. 
  9. New York green-lights Montefiore pediatric mental health unit

    New York City-based Montefiore Health System received approval from the state to create a new center for children's mental health. 

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