The demand for psychiatry is driven by the amount of patients that require mental health services. In the United States, there is a growing need for mental health services. One in every 5 adults in America suffers from some type of mental illness; 1 in every 20 has a serious mental illness. In 2014, 60% of adults living with a mental illness did not receive treatment for it. The amendment of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has expanded access to mental health services. However, although the accessibility to psychiatric services has increased, a shortage of psychiatrists has resulted in long wait times, creating challenges to meet the demand. Pacific Psychiatric Group is a direct pay, outpatient practice that offers mental health services at competitive, fixed cash rates. Insurance will not be accepted. The burden of overhead dealing with the bureaucracy and administration of insurance will be eliminated, which helps to keep costs low and allows providers to focus on the patient. Pacific Psychiatric Group’s mission is to alleviate accessibility challenges and provide timely, high quality, personalized, patient-focused mental health services. This proposed business plan will demonstrate how Pacific Psychiatric Group plans to improve accessibility, transparency, and quality of psychiatric services in an effort to reduce the number of untreated individuals.
|Commitee:||Gotz, Cindy, Sinay, Tony|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|Department:||Health Care Administration|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 57/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Business administration, Mental health, Health sciences, Health care management|
|Keywords:||Accessibility, Administration, Business, Direct pay, Healthcare|
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