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  1. How Optum plans to get patients into behavioral care faster

    Optum's acquisitions of behavioral health providers have helped it cut wait times for appointments, Optum CEO Heather Cianfrocco said. 
  2. 32 new behavioral health sites to know

    Mental health treatment centers have opened in several states within the last seven weeks, and there are more in development.
  3. Alcohol-related deaths up 70% in the past decade: 5 things to know

    Alcohol-related deaths rose 70% from 2012 to 2022, according to a KFF analysis published May 23. 

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  1. Psychiatrist pay hits $323K: 5 compensation notes

    The average annual salary among psychiatrists in the U.S. is $323,000, a 5% increase year over year, according to a survey by Medscape.
  2. Ohio opens 208-bed behavioral hospital

    A new, 208-bed state-run behavioral health hospital has opened in Columbus, Ohio, the Columbus Dispatch reported May 23. 
  3. Mississippi hospital sends some patients to jail to wait for mental health treatment

    Southaven, Miss.-based Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto is facing criticism for transferring some psychiatric patients to jail to wait for evaluation and treatment, ProPublica reported May 28.
  4. Patient death spurs Oregon hospital to suspend in-person visits

    Salem-based Oregon State Hospital has suspended in-person visits following a patient's death, suspected to be caused by a fentanyl overdose, the Oregon Capital Chronicle reported May 26.

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  1. Acadia Healthcare appoints COO

    Acadia Healthcare has named Nasser Khan, MD, as Chief Operating Officer.
  2. CDC says ADHD is 'expanding public health concern': 5 things to know

    ADHD diagnoses among kids aged 3-17 are on the rise, and the disorder is becoming an "expanding public health concern" according to a CDC study published in the Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology May 22. 
  3. Cleveland Clinic brings mental health to the metaverse

    Cleveland Clinic has become the first major healthcare organization to enter the metaverse.
  4. UnitedHealth acquires 10 Minnesota behavioral health clinics

    UnitedHealth Group's Optum has acquired Plymouth, Minn.-based CARE Counseling, the Star Tribune reported May 23. 

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  1. Acadia, Tower Health behavioral health facility acquired for $10.5M

    An outpatient building leased by Reading (Pa.) Behavioral Healthcare was purchased by Silas Realty Trust, a healthcare real estate company, for $10.5 million.
  2. What behavioral health CEOs earned in 2023

    Lifestance Health CEO Kenneth Burdick earned $14.8 million in compensation in 2023. 
  3. Psychiatrist salaries jumped 7% in 2023

    Psychiatry was among the medical specialties with the largest compensation growth rates in 2023, according to Doximity's annual physician compensation report published May 23. 
  4. New effort aims to train thousands of mental health workers: 5 things to know

    The newly-formed Youth Mental Health Corps aims to train thousands of mental health professionals. 
  5. Michigan implements tougher mental health parity law

    New legislation in Michigan will prevent insurers from imposing more restrictions on mental health and substance use services than medical services. 
  6. Talkspace CFO to step down

    Talkspace has named Ian Harris as CFO, and current CFO Jennifer Fulk will step down, according to a May 21 news release. 
  7. Geisinger relocates behavioral health services

    Gesinger relocated its outpatient mental health services from its main hospital campus to a dedicated outpatient center.
  8. Tennessee hospital cited after nurse's death

    Weeks after a Tennessee hospital nurse died in October, state investigators found multiple violations and a high risk of workplace violence at the facility, NBC affiliate WBIR reported May 20. 
  9. Carelon clinicians discuss 5 factors shaping future of behavioral healthcare

    Across the United States, millions of people are affected by mental illness each year. 

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