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Managing care and dollars in the 21st century: recommendations for community mental health systems of care.

Author: Rosenkjar, S; O'Connell, D; Robertson, R.
Author Background:
Date 3/2000
Type Journal
Journal Title: Administration and Policy in Mental Health
Volume/Pages 27(4): 239-245
Subject Matter Policy; Administration-Management; Managed-care; Reimbursement-; Mental-illness; Psychiatric-treatment
Abstract Behavioral health systems nationwide are rapidly moving toward more cost-effective and least restrictive alternatives for acute inpatient care. In California, Medi-Cal has adopted stricter acuity guidelines that result in non-reimbursed, custodial, or partially reimbursed days, called C Days for the purposes of this article. This article identifies system and patient variables that impact length of stay and makes system and treatment recommendations to effectively manage these issues to reduce or eliminate inpatient non-acute and unpaid patient stays. (Introduction, edited.)