Erlanger needs to take a close look at the shoddy mental evaluations being given in their ER. In my opinion and according to multiple police reports the hospital is endangering public safety and setting the stage for a multi- million dollar lawsuit. Their ER makes a mockery out of mental crisis. Medicaid rules say mental as well as physical are both "medical emergencies". Erlanger can't pick and choose what services to give proper attention to. Someone is going to get killed because of their actions. Mental crisis strikes 1 in 4 families each year. It could be you.
Last week they were whining about losing money serving poor people and now this week they are giving everyone a raise. Seems they may be having mood swings themselves. SHAME on Erlanger.
Erlanger said, ""Erlanger has a large volume of patients of this type. ... What's important for us is that these patients have access to a full continuum of care. That's what's prompting us to go in this direction." I bet "what prompted them to go in that direction is MONEY".
Erlanger is giving shoddy psychiatric evaluations in their Downtown ER. I believe this is endangering the lives of those seeking help. One Veteran was given a 2 sentence evaluation and send home. This is not right and must stop. Mental and physical crisis are BOTH classified by Medicaid as "Medical Emergencies". If Erlanger wants to bill and receive government money, they need to follow the guidelines.
Non profit hospitals need to provide services fairly and equally. Erlanger seems to want to deal with some types of emergency properly and others improperly. People who are suicidal need proper treatment. Medicaid and medicare rules demand it. Erlanger needs to step up and help give much needed treatment to those who have risked their lives for this country. They don't lose money. How can a non profit lose money. They got caught breaking the rules in 2005 and it cost them $40,000,000. If they had that $40,000,000 back I guess we wouldn't be hearing all the whine.
I know Erlanger does great work in some fields. I also know they are all about the "money". They need to give better consideration to the people who come to their ER with a mental crisis. This is 2010, not 1973. Stop Stigma. Our veterans deserve the best evaluations possible weather it's mental or physical.
Erlanger needs to get with the program. They roll out the red carpet for a heart attack victim but don't want to assist the people with a mental crisis in their ER. Mental illness strikes 1 in 4 families each year. Where's the compassion. If they are a "Teaching" hospital, what are they teaching concerning one of the most prevalent problems in our society today. They need to address the quality of their psychiatric evaluations in their ER. They owe it to us, non-profit or not.