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Call for surveillance system for inpatient psychiatric facilities

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The rather quaint administration building of McLean’s Hospital. in Belmont, Mass. The hospital, the main psychiatric teaching institution affiliated with the Harvard Medical School, is famous for the numerous celebrities wh0 have been treated there.

An article in Health Affairs calls for a national surveillance system for inpatient psychiatric facilities.

The authors conclude:

“Policy makers and advocates are now waiting for the Senate to pass its version of H.R.2646, The Mental Health Reform Act (S. 1945). We urge policy makers to use this opportunity to make progress towards meaningful value-based purchasing reform by introducing a comprehensive and transparent surveillance system. Such a package of assessment, accountability, and surveillance will help to support regulatory and quality improvement efforts, and lay the foundation for ensuring that consumers have access to safe, high-quality inpatient psychiatric care.

To read the Health Affairs article, please hit this link.

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