A MESSAGE FROM OUR CHEIF MEDICAL OFFICER KATHY SEWARD, MD A disturbing trend:  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, suicide rates are increasing across the United States and more than half of those that died were not diagnosed with a mental health condition prior to their death. The Mental Healthcare Provider Shortage:  Telepsychiatry and […]

A MESSAGE FROM OUR CHEIF MEDICAL OFFICER KATHY SEWARD, MD America is waking up: CMS appears to be giving telehealth its due credit, in its new rural health strategy. And it’s about time! For veterans living with PTSD, telehealth is leading to positive results: The Veterans Administration is offering treatment through music, movement and visual arts. Coverage parity: […]

By Maria Castellucci  | October 17, 2016 Psychiatric patients wait disproportionately longer in emergency departments before receiving treatment and experience longer stays compared to other patients, according to reports released Monday by the American College of Emergency Physicians. The three separate studies examined how emergency rooms care for patients with psychiatric conditions compared to other patients […]

As emergency rooms fail in treating mental health, systems create new plans, centers Extended boarding in chaotic emergency departments detrimental to patients and physicians, experts agree. From Healthcare Finance More than 80 percent of emergency room physicians say the mental healthcare systems in their regions are dysfunctional, and do not adequately serve patients, according to a […]

Studies pinpoint likelihood of 30-day readmissions, identify prevention measures More than 25% of readmissions could have been prevented, researchers say March 7, 2016 | By Julie Bird, Fierce Healthcare Hospitals could have prevented more than a quarter of readmissions of discharged Medicare patients within 30 days, according to a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine by […]