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Home > Research Articles > Behavioral Health Care Occupancy Is Highest in 5 Years

Health Care Financing Review

Saturday, July 6, 2002

Behavioral Health Care Occupancy Is Highest in 5 Years Health Care Financing Review - July 04, 2002 Originally Published:20020401.

Access to behavioral health services may be a growing challenge in many communities in light of psychiatric hospital occupancy rates reaching the highest level in more than 5 years, according to annual survey data released recently by the National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems (NAPHS). The trend is true for all types of programs-including child, adolescent, adult, older adult, and drug/ alcohol programs-according to The NAPHS 2001 annual survey report-- Trends in Behavioral Healthcare Systems.

"Behavioral health caregivers are working harder with limited resources," said NAPHS Executive Director Mark Covall in releasing the report. "Higher occupancy is occurring at a time when closings and consolidations have reduced the number of hospitals available nationwide. With fewer beds available, the need for services growing, and lengths of stay short but relatively constant, it is important to ensure that there are adequate resources to meet the growing demand and the increasing costs of delivering care," he noted.

Hospital occupancy increased significantly from 1999-2000, growing 11 percent (from 62.3 percent in 1999 to 69.2 percent in 2000). Over the last 5 years, occupancy rates have increased 24.4 percent.

The NAPHS annual survey is the most extensive data base on both the clinical and administrative operations of behavioral health organizations. NAPHS also collects data for the Center for Mental Health Services' Survey of Mental Health Organi nations, General Hospital Mental Health Services, and Managed Healthcare Organi nations.

The NAPHS 2002 annual survey report is based on responses to the association's annual survey questionnaire distributed in spring 2001, which were provided by 120 psychiatric facilities owned and operated by NAPHS system members. (Note: No survey was conducted in 1998.)

The report is designed for use by financial analysts, health care planners, consultants, hospital executives, and others needing detailed information about specialty psychiatric organizations.

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