Need for Psychiatric Inpatient and Outpatient Services Grows, NAPHS Annual Survey Finds

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Newswise — (Washington, DC, June 25, 2014)…The need for psychiatric services in inpatient hospitals continues to grow, according to the latest annual survey from the National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems (NAPHS) released today. The survey reports 2012 data that was collected in 2013 from NAPHS-member organizations. Data were analyzed and reported by Dobson DaVanzo & Associates, LLC, Vienna, VA.

Trended inpatient hospital admissions, lengths of stay, and days of care all increased over the past year. “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,” noted NAPHS President/CEO Mark Covall 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 two distinct views of behavioral healthcare delivery. One chapter 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. Another chapter provides national averages to give a snapshot of members’ experiences in the reporting year. This chapter also presents selected data by set-up-and-staffed bed categories to help organizations compare their own experiences to those of facilities of a similar size. Data drawn from other major studies is also presented in the Annual Survey to provide context on the prevalence of behavioral conditions.

The report is $400—prepaid—from the National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems, 900 17th Street, NW, Suite 420, Washington, DC 20006-2507. MasterCard, Visa, and American Express are accepted. Call 202/393-6700, ext. 105, for ordering information or see www.naphs.org under “Resources.”

NAPHS advocates for behavioral health and represents provider systems that are committed to the delivery of responsive, accountable, and clinically effective prevention, treatment, and care for children, adolescents, adults, and older adults with mental and substance use disorders. 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 healthcare divisions, residential treatment facilities, youth services organizations, and extensive outpatient networks. The association was founded in 1933.


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