Behavioral health recap: July's top 10 stories

Here are the 10 most-read stories reported by Becker's Behavioral Health last month:

1. U.S. News & World Report released its list of the best hospitals for psychiatry, with Boston-based McLean Hospital, Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital, also in Boston, listed as the top three.

2. In the CMS tentative fee schedule for 2023, it proposed the same fee-for-service payment rate for behavioral healthcare physicians accepting Medicare as Medicare physicians who offer a wider range of medical services.

3. The Texas Medical Board suspended the medical license of Dallas-based psychiatrist David Henderson after his charges of two separate counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in March and April.

4. After an eight-year stretch that saw New York close 32 percent of its youth capacity in state psychiatric hospitals, children across the state are finding themselves with nowhere to go for mental health treatment

5. Behavioral health professionals are concerned that for-profit, corporate online behavioral healthcare companies don't adequately train their practitioners and have questionable prescription protocols, liabilities that one industry veteran called "a catastrophe waiting to happen."

6. A Miami Lakes, Fla., psychiatrist was sentenced to 54 months in prison for unlawfully billing about $112 million in addiction treatment services that were never completed and/or were medically unnecessary, according to the U.S. Justice Department.

7. The U.S. has seen a broad push for more mental health resources since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, but staffing and provider counts are still woefully inadequate in some places.

8. At the end of last month, Becker's had reported on at least nine physicians who have come under fire for illegally prescribing, selling or distributing opioids and other addictive drugs, including one so prolific he called himself "El Chapo of Opioids."

9. Greenville, N.C.-based ECU Health and Franklin, Tenn.-based Acadia Healthcare plan to build a 144-bed behavioral health hospital in Greenville.

10. The co-owners of an addiction treatment center in Florida both pleaded guilty to charges linking them to three patient overdose deaths.

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