Today's Top 20 Stories
  1. Mass. correctional psych hospital uses excessive force, injections, report alleges

    A Disability Law Center report alleges that staff at Bridgewater (Mass.) State Hospital, a correctional facility for people with mental illness, physically restrained and involuntarily medicated more than half of their patients over six months, WGBH reported Aug. 9.
  2. Biden's expanded mental health crisis strategy: An overview

    President Joe Biden updated his national strategy to improve mental healthcare in the U.S. last week.
  3. Medicare's 2023 final rule a big win for psychiatric services

    The CMS payment policy for next year increases Medicare payments for inpatient psychiatric services and limits pay cuts for providers. 

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  1. Colorado psychiatrist indicted on prescription drugs charges

    Suburban Denver psychiatrist Howard Weiss faces charges that he overprescribed opioids and other controlled substances at his cash-based practice, despite knowing his patients weren't using the drugs as prescribed, the Denver Post reported.
  2. Allegheny Health partners with nonprofit for new outpatient behavioral clinic

    Erie, Pa.-based St. Vincent Hospital, part of Pittsburgh-based Allegheny Health Network, opened an outpatient behavioral health clinic, YourErie reported Aug. 5.
  3. Cigna's behavioral health network doubled in size in 5 years

    Insurer Cigna had a successful second quarter, with $1.6 billion pulled in for shareholders, beating Wall Street expectations, according to the company's earnings report.
  4. TidalHealth opens joint venture behavioral crisis center

    Salisbury, Md.-based TidalHealth opened a new behavioral health crisis center in Salisbury, NBC affiliate WRDE reported Aug. 6.

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  1. Behavioral health recap: This week's most-read stories

    Here are the most-read stories published by Becker's since July 29:
  2. Nevada psychiatrist found guilty of sexually assaulting former patient

    Reynaldo de los Angeles, a psychiatrist from Kearney, Neb., was found guilty Aug. 3 of misdemeanor third-degree sexual assault of a former female patient, the Kearney Hub reported.
  3. Behavioral health recap: July's top 10 stories

    Here are the 10 most-read stories reported by Becker's Behavioral Health last month:
  4. San Francisco repeat psychiatric patients cost city over $4M in last 5 years

    San Francisco legislators held a hearing on the city's public psychiatric services after Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital staff complaints that understaffing and inadequate follow-up care have led to costly patient readmissions, the San Francisco Standard reported last week.

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  1. Government health authorities consider task force for psychedelic, entactogenic therapy testing within 2 years

    Representatives of HHS are considering creating a task force to guide the use of FDA breakthrough psychedelic mental health therapies within the next two years, a letter obtained last week by political news organization the Intercept said.
  2. Former Kaiser therapist on company's staffing shortage: 'a combination of greed and lingering stigma'

    Kaiser Permanente behavioral health services are under state investigation after provider complaints and staff resignations, California nonprofit news source Capital & Main reported last week. UPDATE 8/5: Members of the National Union of Healthcare Workers are set to begin an open-ended strike Aug. 15 at Kaiser Permanente facilities in California.
  3. Ingenovis Health launches staff wellbeing and retention program

    Healthcare staffing and recruiting company Ingenovis Health launched a program aimed at boosting retention and wellbeing for nurses and other healthcare professionals, the company said in a news release.
  4. Shuttered California hospital opens with behavioral health focus

    It has been more than 40 years since northern Orange County (Calif.) has had a dedicated behavioral health hospital, but that changed Aug. 2 when Anaheim Community Hospital opened, according to The Orange County Register.
  5. Washington, DC, psychiatric patients abused by staff, rights organization alleges

    A report published last week by the nonprofit advocacy group Disability Rights DC alleging abuse and neglect of adult and adolescent patients by staff at the Psychiatric Institute of Washington is traumatizing and injuring patients.
  6. Vitamin B6 supplements lower depression, anxiety symptoms, study in England finds

    Vitamin B6 supplementation reduces feelings of anxiety and depression, a study published in July by Wiley Library Online found.
  7. Massachusetts General Hospital granted $50 million for suicidality, bipolar research

    Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital will use $50 million to study treatments for suicidality and bipolar disorder.
  8. Pennsylvania psychiatric hospital to close

    Kingston, Pa.-based Commonwealth Health First Hospital is closing, along with its affiliated outpatient behavioral health services, on Oct. 30, the Times Leader reported Aug. 1.
  9. Abbott's breakthrough deep brain stimulation treatment: An overview

    Abbott's deep brain stimulation device was awarded the FDA's breakthrough device designation for treatment-resistant depression, Abbott said July 27. 

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