New Regulations to Help Behavioral Health Hospitals Exchange Data Across Care Continuum

In the United States, the shortage of mental health services occurs at a time when more attention is being paid to the issue, especially the interplay between mental health and overall physical health. The importance of care coordination as a patient moves among primary, acute and post-acute care settings has come into sharper focus, with new regulations coming into force that require behavioral health hospitals to notify primary care physicians when a patient is admitted, discharged or transferred. Although implementation of the regulation has been delayed until May 1, many behavioral health facilities still do not have adequate admission, discharge and transfer (ADT) protocols in place. 

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