Washington state has approved or expanded 10 private psychiatric hospitals since 2012, promising to transform the way mental-health care is delivered in a state with a chronic shortage of treatment options. Yet on the inside, these new institutions have failed patients in ways both known and unknown to regulators and all but invisible to the public, according to an investigation by The Seattle Times.
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- Key findings of The Seattle Times’ investigation
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Massachusetts health-care system conducting a review of US HealthVest after Seattle Times investigation
A health-care system in Massachusetts said it was conducting a review of US HealthVest, its partner in a proposed psychiatric hospital, two days after a Seattle Times investigation of the company’s operations in Washington and other states.
Gov. Jay Inslee said the state’s oversight of private psychiatric hospitals is “inadequate” in response to a Seattle Times investigation.
A health system in Massachusetts ended its plans to operate a new psychiatric hospital there with US HealthVest, a company specializing in mental-health care whose expansion in Washington state has drawn regulatory scrutiny for repeated violations.
The Washington state Department of Health is asking lawmakers for stronger enforcement power over private psychiatric hospitals after a Seattle Times investigation found that the department hadn’t taken any action against those hospitals in more than 13 years despite finding repeated, serious violations.
Amid serious violations at Washington’s private psychiatric hospitals, a regulator remained on the sidelines
The Washington state Health Care Authority has the power to audit doctors and facilities that receive Medicaid funds, and restrict them from the taxpayer-funded program for serious violations, but it has remained almost entirely on the sidelines, The Seattle Times has found.
On Episode 120 of The Overcast podcast, reporter Daniel Gilbert explains what his reporting over the course of the past year uncovered — and what Washington state is doing to fix some of the problems at private psychiatric hospitals.