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Challenges in Bringing Exempt Psychiatric Services Under a Prospective Payment System
Stephen F. Jencks; Howard H. Goldman; Thomas G McGuire
Psychiatric Services 1985; doi:
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The National Institute of Mental Health in Rockville, Maryland

Boston University

1985 American Psychiatric Association

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By December 31, 1985, the Secretary of tbe Department of Health and Human Services must report to Congress on whether psychiatric programs now exempt from Medicare's prospective payment system can be brought under that system, and if so, how. The underlying issue is determining how funds for psychiatric treatment should be divided up between psychiatric facilities. After discussing the advantages of incorporating psychiatric services into the prospective payment system, the authors review the criteria and metbods for evaluating a psychiatric prospective payment system and suggest ways that the current classification and payment systems can be improved. Steps to ease the transition to prospective payment are reviewed, as are issues requiring further research.

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