Many in health care have known for some time the massive challenges surrounding behavioral health access and the pressure on providers — especially in hospital ERs as families and patients reach points of desperation.The pandemic has only exacerbated these challenges. Nationally, ER wait times for people seeking behavioral health treatment are increasing as are the
With apologies to Kermit the Frog, it’s not easy being a hospital. The obvious challenges exist. Insufficient payments, physician relations, staffing turnover and payer negotiations. Now, major new threats have emerged that are not operational or financial in nature but are the direct result of hospitals’ reluctance to engage in forthright communications about complex issues.