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After nearly five decades of a steady drop in the numbers of people admitted to state psychiatric hospitals, a reversal might be underway say the authors of a study appearing in Psychiatric Services. Between 2002 and 2005, and based on patterns in 11 states, admissions increased 21 percent and the number of residents increased by 1 percent. The authors question the implications of this reversal for community-based mental health care.

Medicare parity
An article appearing in Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) looked at the impact of Medicare parity payments for community-based programs following a hospitalization. Conclusion (based on a sample of 43,892 people enrolled in 173 health plans): lower insurance costs had an impact on timely community follow-up.

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