Don’t make that leap

Modern Healthcare - - Opinions Letters -

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


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