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Need for Psychiatric Inpatient and Outpatient Services Grows, Survey Finds

Admission, length of stay rise

The need for psychiatric services in inpatient hospitals continues to grow, according to the annual survey from the National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems (NAPHS). Inpatient hospital admissions, lengths of stay, and days of care all increased over the past year.

The survey reports 2012 data that was collected in 2013 from NAPHS-member organizations. Data were analyzed and reported by Dobson DaVanzo & Associates.

“While trended inpatient days of care increased by 5.4% since 2011, outpatient services also showed growth with the average number of outpatient visits in 2012 increasing by 6.6% since the prior year,” NAPHS President and CEO Mark Covall noted in the report. “The average number of partial hospitalization visits also increased substantially (14.6%) from 2011 to 2012.

“Trended utilization days of psychiatric services in residential treatment centers decreased slightly (–3.8%) from 2011 to 2012, with members reporting both a lower number of admissions and a shorter average length of stay in residential treatment facilities in 2012.”

The report provides a trend analysis that looks at changes from year to year in NAPHS-member hospitals and residential treatment centers reporting over a two-year period. It also provides national averages to give a snapshot of members’ experiences in the reporting year.

NAPHS members are behavioral healthcare provider organizations that own or manage more than 700 psychiatric hospitals, general hospital psychiatric and addiction treatment units, and behavioral health care divisions, residential treatment facilities, youth services organizations, and extensive outpatient networks.

Source: National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems; June 25, 2014.

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