Last week the CDC released figures that unequivocally show that suicide rates are increasing, most notably for baby boomers. What they don't show is why. There are many theories, but maybe the mental health system is failing? We need to know more about the people who suicide and the treatments they do or don't receive.
In January, the way that mental health professionals bill for their services is going to change. It's all new, it's all too soon, and we have to wonder if all the complexity will add anything to helping patients.
A reader recently sent me this comment: "Frankly, I have little respect for Forensic Psychiatry these days. It is a whore subspecialty until proven otherwise, as it is doing what is financially convenient for the MD and just making general psychiatrists pick up the messes."
Dinah described a New York Times piece last week about a Kentucky clinic that has been so overwhelmed by patients requesting and abusing this very addictive anxiety medication that they have banned it from their practice.
The idea behind sharing patient data on a Health Information Exchange (HIE) is to make it easier for your doctor to share your health data with your cardiologist or psychologist.
Patients should be the one to decide which elements of their health information should be treated with extra precautions and which should be considered routine, but ...
Eastern Ontario has started a bed registry to keep track of where open psychiatric beds are available... EMTALA complaint because a patient sat in the ER all weekend... How many people with stroke or diabetes sit in ERs for days waiting to find a bed?