Psychiatric Cost Of Care: A Case Study

1522 Words7 Pages

According to a survey conducted in 2011 by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), almost five million individuals, who had a need for psychiatric services, did not receive mental health care. When questioned about the reasons for not receiving care, 50% of the population of adults eighteen and older stated that cost of care was the main barrier to treatment (Citation, 2011). The average cost of care for a pediatric inpatient stay for mental health exacerbations is approximately $15,500 (Bardach, et. al., 2014). Mental health and substance abuse services (MHSA), between 2010 and 2011, grew by 10% and cost of care increased by 7%. However, unlike the other units included in the survey which are medical, surgical, …show more content…

According to the United States Department of Labor’s statistics, psychiatrists earn around $88 an hour and occupational therapists make around $36 an hour (Citation, 2014). So besides extra costs outside of salary, receiving psychiatric therapy and inpatient occupational therapy is a substantial cost to patients in the psychiatric unit. Patient WW had several hours worth of occupational therapy that included games, crafts, worksheets, and discussion, as well as an evaluation by occupational therapy that alone cost $156. The approximate total for occupational therapy cost was around $3,800, which, including the evaluation, comes out to almost $4,000. According to the bill, the patient received thirty minutes of therapy from the psychiatrist, which was $108 and was also charged for group therapy, which was $875. The total cost of the 12-day inpatient stay was $14,949.42, which was regulated by a private insurance …show more content…

Each case entails careful interviewing, accurate patient history, interprofessional cooperation, and compassion and patience to stabilize patients. With patient WW, the complicated social history and suicidal episode accounted for a longer stay than average and even after discharge, the patient still may not be able to return to completely normal functioning. Cost of care is substantial and reimbursement for services and resources can be tricky. Each case has to adhere to specific guidelines for reimbursement related to

More about Psychiatric Cost Of Care: A Case Study

Open Document