Controlling Costs for Inpatient CHAMPUS Psychiatric Care
Final rept. Jul 1990-Jul 1991
ACADEMY OF HEALTH SCIENCES (ARMY) FORT SAM HOUSTON TX HEALTH CARE ADMINISTRATION
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In the past 10 years, the costs for mental health treatment in the civilian health care sector have increased by more than twice the rate of general health care costs. Reimbursements for the cost of mental health treatment now represent approximately 20 percent of all health care insurance dollars. The Department of Defense DoD reports roughly the same kind of excessive growth for psychiatric care costs paid by the Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Uniformed Services CHAMPUS. Even in small military communities, like the Bayne-Jones Army Community Hospitals Fort Polk, Louisiana catchment area, dollars spent on inpatient psychiatric care have increased by over 180 percent in the last 4 years alone. This project discusses the history behind this unusual growth and analyzes various courses of action utilizing new programs available Gateway, Partnerships, VA-DoD Resource Sharing, Alternative Outpatient Therapy to reduce the growth of CHAMPUS inpatient mental health care costs.
- Economics and Cost Analysis
- Medicine and Medical Research
- Medical Facilities, Equipment and Supplies