Don’t make that leap
Thanks so much for the great article by Maureen McKinney on quality initiatives in behavioral health and renal care (“Quest for quality expands,” p. 10) in your Aug. 2 issue. The article did a terrific job of explaining ongoing efforts to improve quality. However, the “postacute” category did highlight one issue that I wanted to bring to the attention of policymakers. be tracking the experiences of acute-care patients served in psychiatric hospitals.
Policymakers should not make the leap that different payment systems define the acuity or intensity of the service delivered.
Mark Covall President and CEO National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems