AHA: The Top 6 Policy Priorities That Could Improve Behavioral Health Care Access at Hospitals and Save Billions
Issues such as the opioid epidemic and an increased suicide rate in the U.S. are increasing demand for behavioral health care services even as challenges such as workforce shortages and payment policies are restricting patient access. But policy changes such as improved reimbursement could help the nation's hospitals better address those access issues, according to a new analysis from the American Hospital Association
While the number of home health workers per capita available to seniors in the U.S. is increasing, those employees are seeing a population with more behavioral health challenges than they have in years past.
Leapfrog, the nonprofit group that grades hospitals on safety, released its annual rankings of 2,600 hospitals and found 32% earned an A, 26% earned a B and 36% earned a C. Less than 1% of hospitals graded failed.