South Bend, Indiana / Recently, the NY Times knowingly ran a story using inaccurate information about a mental health crisis segment. Becker’s Modern Healthcare re-printed this story and ran it with no verification of the facts. Our country is in a mental health crisis, and when the media outlets or others put out false information designed to advance personal agendas, they only hurt the patients and the hospitals fighting every day to help these patients. By distracting society from the real issues facing patients with serious mental illness, such as an extreme lack of access to care for those suffering severe psychiatric disorders, underfunding or lack of funding by private insurance companies for treatment, overcrowded emergency rooms, daily violations of Mental Health Parity laws, serious over-regulation of hospitals that make it almost impossible to care for patients, the lack of qualified mental health providers, serious nursing shortages throughout psychiatric hospitals across our nation, the lack medication and housing for these severely disadvantaged patients, these false narratives hurt everyone. Each time a homicidal or suicidal patient is denied care, we all lose.
The NY Times called an employee of NBH, whose role with NBH is to obtain community resources for severely mentally ill patients who are about to be discharged. Rather than ask about the scarcity of such resources, the reporter sought her opinion on patients “dumped” by nursing homes on hospitals such as those within the NPH system. The employee gave very misleading information that was based upon her guessing rather than actual data. This is not surprising because, in her role at NBH, the employee did not have access to this data type.
When the NY Times called an executive at NBH to confirm the employee’s statements, the NY Times was given accurate information that did not fit the reporter’s narrative. It appears that, rather than change the article’s nature, the reporter chose to ignore the facts. To make matters worse, Becker’s Modern Healthcare blindly regurgitated the false information in the NY Times article without making any effort to verify that information’s accuracy.
It is true that, on occasion, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, families, or group homes may refuse to take a patient back after discharge, but this is almost always due to a severe change in the patients psychiatric, medical, and/or neurological status making it unsafe for the patient to return to their previous facility or home safely. While other hospitals may have a patient “dumping” issue, over 98% of the NBH referral sources take their patients back if it is safe for them to return. NBH does not want to minimize this issue for other hospitals, but we can only report what our data shows.
The employee who recklessly reported false healthcare information was terminated for violating multiple standards of NBH, including releasing inaccurate information to the community. After termination, the employee repeatedly apologized to NBH for her mistake, stating she was pressured by an “ombudsman” and the reporter to make these false statements for the NY Times story’s sake.
The staff of NBH, like all Americans, insist that accurate information be reported to society regardless of politics. False stories designed to fit a reporter’s narrative or personal agenda are never appropriate and make an already dangerous problem worse by distracting citizens from the real and overwhelming issues faced each day by patients who have a serious mental illness. Any media institution that can so recklessly manipulate stories about mental illness further demonstrates how little our society understands many Americans’ nightmares who live with serious and complex psychiatric disorders. Psychiatric hospitals and
providers fight every day in a war to care for patients who are often dangerous not only to themselves, family members, neighbors, and others but also to the very doctors, nurses, therapists, and other professionals trying to provide necessary treatment to these patients.
We at NBH care for these patients proudly and compassionately; and, we do not need even more organizations such as the NY Times and Becker’s Modern Healthcare to hinder an already challenging job.
Individuals who have both a medical and mental illness have minimal access to treatment. Most medical or psychiatric hospitals are not equipped to handle both issues. Lack of proper treatment impacts the individual, loved ones, and the community. By building a new NeuroPsychiatric Hospital, Cameron Gilbert hopes to improve the lives of patients and the community.
Why NeuroPsychiatric Hospitals Are Important
NeuroPsychiatric Hospitals serve those with medical or neurological conditions and mental disorders. Traditional hospitals and psychiatric facilities are generally not equipped to treat these patients. They require a specialized team of medical specialists and psychiatrists. These patients often pass through emergency rooms, which can’t provide continuity of care. In many cases, the struggle with their illnesses leaves them on the fringe of society.
Lack of Treatment Leads to Incarceration or Homelessness
40% of people with mental health conditions don’t receive treatment. Many of these people will end up homeless or incarcerated, putting a burden on the community. 37% of inmates have a history of mental health problems. 45% of homeless individuals had a history of mental health conditions, and 25% were severely mentally ill.
Each NeuroPsychiatric Hospital led by Cameron Gilbert accepts referrals from the community. These referrals include those from local hospitals and psychiatric facilities, but also churches, homeless shelters, and individuals from home. Many times those with medical and psychiatric illnesses slip through the cracks. They may be hesitant to seek treatment or unaware that proper treatment is available.
DALY is a method of measuring the impact of disorders and diseases. DALYs stands for Disability Adjusted Life Years. Neuropsychiatric disorders, including mental, behavioral, and neurological disorders, are the third leading cause of DALYs globally. This measure is based on the years of healthy life lost due to illness or disease.
Opening New Neuropsychiatric Hospitals
When it comes to a new NeuroPsychiatric Hospital, Cameron Gilbert is leading the way. NPH is opening new hospitals in Texas and Arizona. Cameron Gilbert stated, “Our unique patients require full-time treatment from both medical and psychiatric specialties and belong to an excessively growing population of patients with little to no treatment options.” He also explained that these conditions impact people of all demographics, equally affecting the lives of all societal groups.
Neuropsychiatric Hospitals Can Save Lives
With each new NeuroPsychiatric Hospital, Cameron Gilbert hopes to not only support the community but save lives. Half of the patients cared for at NPH hospitals are homicidal or suicidal. The most significant impact for these communities is allowing patients to get the proper medical and psychiatric treatment, which helps prevent tragedies and loss of life.
Premier neuropsychiatric medical center, NeuroPsychiatric Hospital (NPH), helps patients suffering from neurological and psychiatric disorders
NeuroPsychiatric Hospital (NPH), is a premier neurological medical center providing care for patients with complex medical, behavioral and neuropsychiatric issues. NPH Founder and Chairman, Dr. Cameron Gilbert, founded NPH in 200. Dr. Cameron Gilbert of Indiana holds a Ph.D. in psychology and a post-doctoral fellowship in geropsychology with a sub-specialty focus in geriatric neuropsychology. Prior to founding NPH, Dr. Cameron Gilbert held CEO roles in hospitals in Indiana and Louisiana.
“Mental health parity requires equal treatment of mental health conditions and substance use disorders in insurance policies,” said NeuroPsychiatric Hospitals Founder and Chairman, Dr. Cameron Gilbert of Indiana. “When your insurance plan has parity, it means that if you are provided unlimited doctor visits for a chronic condition, like diabetes, then they must also offer you unlimited visits for a mental health condition, such as schizophrenia, bipolar, or depression.”
The Mental Health Parity Act can have its drawbacks, however. This is because the Act requires plans with parity to have equal coverage, not necessarily good coverage.
“Depending on the health plan, mental health coverage can be very good, or very, very limited,” said Founder and Chairman of NPH, Dr. Cameron Gilbert of Indiana. “Some states have stronger parity requirements, which insurers are required to follow.” “The United State’s mental health crisis will continue with deadly outcomes for patients and society until insurance companies are forced to provide real benefits for citizens with acute psychiatric needs. Many of the Medicare Advantage plans and commercial plans are recording millions of dollars in record profits by not providing care or by a bait and switch of denying care through manipulation of patients treated through artificial utilization review”.
A plan that is in compliance with the federal parity law equally covers benefits and services in relation to your medical insurance plan. This includes emergency care, intensive outpatient services, reimbursement fees, prescription drugs, deductible, out-of-pocket limits, co-pays, partial hospitalization, residential treatment, and more.
“Even though the Act has been in law since 2008, some insurance plans are still found in violation of the law,” said Founder and Chairman of NPH, Dr. Cameron Gilbert of Indiana. “Be sure to review your health plan carefully and notify your insurer right away.
“Patients may also file a written formal appeal and once they suspect the Medicare Advantage or commercial insurer is manipulating the benefit by utilization review denials or even retroactive denials, they should immediately contact their attorney general, state law enforcement or the department of justice” continued Founder and Chairman of NPH, Dr. Gilbert.
Signs that a health plan may be violating the parity requirements include, higher costs associated with mental health compared to other kinds of healthcare; being required to call and get permission to get mental health care covered compared to other types of care; getting denied mental health care coverage due to not being “medically necessary”; lack of in-network mental health providers taking new patients; not covering residential mental health or intensive outpatient care when other health conditions are covered.
About NeuroPsychiatric Hospitals
NeuroPsychiatric Hospitals specializes in providing care for patients with complex medical, behavioral and neuropsychiatric issues. Founded in 2006 by Dr. Cameron Gilbert of Indiana, NeuroPsychiatric Hospitals utilizes an integrated healthcare model at each of its hospitals. Interdisciplinary teams consisting of physicians, nurses, behavioral therapists, physical therapists, and other healthcare professionals ensure that all patient conditions are addressed to “better heal the body and the mind.” NPH currently operates hospitals in the Midwest and has announced the opening of new facilities in Arizona and Texas over the few months. For more information, visit www.NeuroPsychiatricHospitals.net.
Neuropsychiatric hospital opens medical center to help psychiatric patients with complex medical and neurological conditions
NeuroPsychiatric Hospitals, LLC (“NPH”) is pleased to announce the development of a new location opening in Conroe, Texas. The hospital will serve patients with complex psychiatric disorders in addition to medical and neurological conditions in the greater Houston area.
“I am happy to announce our expansion in the Conroe area, which will serve the greater Houston northern metropolitan communities,” said NPH’s Founder and Chairman, Dr. Cameron Gilbert of Indiana. “Our unique patients require full time treatment from both psychiatry and internal medicine and belong to an excessively growing population of patients with little or no treatment options.”
NeuroPsychiatric Hospital patients are people who have not been able to be treated appropriately at a traditional medical hospital due to severe psychiatric impairments that is coupled with a medical issue. Likewise, these patients are often excluded from receiving care at a traditional psychiatric hospital due to the presence of complex medical and/or medical disorders, such as an infectious disease or renal failure.
One example of a NeuroPsychiatric Hospital patient would be a 55 year-old patient who is acutely psychotic and a danger to self and others and also has wounds, uncontrolled diabetes and AIDS. Another example would be a 20-year-old who is autistic and also suffers from extreme mood swings and violent outbursts.
“Most NPH patients go to local emergency rooms for treatment, which doesn’t always offer any real treatment or solution for the patient or family,” said Dr. Cameron Gilbert of Indiana. “Other patients come from nursing homes, group homes, other psychiatric hospitals, and law enforcement. All referrals are community-based and not physician dependent as our hospitals serve as a safety net for local communities.”
“NeuroPsychiatric is proud to serve the communities in the surrounding Houston area,” said Dr. Cameron Gilbert of Indiana. “The expansion will create hundreds of local jobs and supply communities with dedicated staff and expert clinical care.” “Our Conroe hospital will complement our Clear Lake Houston hospital opening in just a few months (Medical Behavioral Hospital of Clear Lake).
NPH plans to expand throughout the U.S. to provide state-of-the-art patient care for individuals suffering from complex medical and behavioral conditions.
About NeuroPsychiatric Hospitals
NeuroPsychiatric Hospitals specializes in providing care for patients with complex medical, behavioral and neuropsychiatric issues. Founded in 2006 by Dr. Cameron Gilbert of Indiana, NeuroPsychiatric Hospitals utilizes an integrated healthcare model at each of its hospitals. Interdisciplinary teams consisting of physicians, nurses and other healthcare professionals ensure that all patient conditions are addressed to “better heal the body and the mind.” NPH currently operates four facilities in the Midwest and has announced the opening of hospitals over the next few months in both Arizona and Texas. For more information, visit www.NeuroPsychiatricHospitals.net.