Similar services for mental health are reimbursed differently according to the treatment setting, a report finds. Mental health services also involve more out-of-network coverage than other healthcare.
The survey, conducted by Mental Health America and The Kennedy Forum, concludes that mental health patients are forced to look for care outside of their insurance network seven times more than physical care patients.
State health officials said Monday they continue to have “serious concerns” with the leadership of Charlotte-based Cardinal Innovations, including the award of a two-year severance package to its ousted CEO.
The state has hired more doctors to work in two of its psychiatric hospitals, and the newest hospital is using more of its patient beds, a move that may help move patients more quickly out of local hospital ERs and into mental health treatment.
In a decision that has dismayed mental health advocates, Essentia Health has stopped admitting patients with severe mental illness to its psychiatric unit in Brainerd, citing concerns that they were overburdening the facility.