Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy

Population Health and Health Policy

Rural Inpatient Psychiatric Units Improve Access to Community-Based Mental Health Services, but Medicare Payment Policy a Barrier

Abstract: 

<li>Of approximately 1500 small rural hospitals (less than 50 beds), 80 or about
five percent have an inpatient psychiatric unit. <li>Ninety-five percent of rural hospitals with IPUs have outpatient mental health services available locally compared with 57% in a previous survey of rural hospitals. <li>Mental health practitioners who staff rural IPUs often provide outpatient services in the local community, splitting their time between
staffing the hospital unit and their community practice. <li>Prospective payment for inpatient psychiatric facilities is cited as a major factor in recent closures of several rural IPUs.

Publication Type: 
Report
Publish Date: 
December 26, 2007
URL: 
http://muskie.usm.maine.edu/Publications/rural/pb36/IPU.pdf

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Hartley Retires as Director of the Maine Rural Health Research Center

David Hartley, PhD

David Hartley, PhD, the Director of the Maine Rural Health Research Center (MRHRC) and a Research Professor of Public Health has announced that he will be retiring from the University of Southern Maine August 31st, 2014. David came to the University in 1994 and has directed the MRHRC since 2004. Andy Coburn, PhD, Research Professor of Public Health, will take over as the new MRHRC Director. Erika Ziller, PhD continues in her role as Deputy Director. David has had a distinguished career in rural health and rural health research, and has made lasting contributions to the field with his work on rural behavioral health, rural disparities and health, and rural active living.

A celebration will be scheduled in early fall to honor David and his many contributions to the field and the University.

 

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