Each day, behavioral health care providers must struggle to find resources to accomodate more people in need of their services. As big as that problem is, one of the most pressing concerns for the behavioral health industry is the lack of public beds. This in turn causes a huge challenge as access to all in need of behavioral services cannot be provided.
As an example of this, the lack of bed space is one of the concerns included in the Behavioral Healthcare Providers Association's "2005 Behavioral Health Report: System in Crisis." According to the report, the state of West Virginia no longer operates facilities that care for children or people with developmental disabilities. The two state hospitals are accredited only for short-term, acute psychiatric care for adults. A big part of the reason the 240 state beds remain full at all times is that about half of them are occupied by people ordered into a mental health facility by a court.
Medicaid reimbursement is one of the other major challenges facing the behavioral health industry. Medicaid and private insurance pay most behavioral health services. Providers can't raise prices as the amount of money received is fixed. The only way most behavioral health service providers receive more money is if Medicaid or insurance companies increase what they will pay for such services. That limited income means behavioral health providers often cannot pay their staffs competitive salaries, meaning they have high turnover rates.
Using bStable, patients can manage their diagnosed affective disorders with loved ones and clinicans utilizing:
- What-if-analysis on any combination of system or user created parameters
- Extensive options to visually communicate and notify patient state for optimal clinician and loved one communication
- Affective disorder (i.e. ADHD, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Social Anxiety, etc.) affective disorder specific functionality
- Co-morbid affective disorder support
- Crisis planning tools including post-mortem analysis and advanced crisis planning functionality
- General life management and life optimization functionality
- Highly detailed tracking mechanisms that go beyond simple, surface level recordings that drill into (as needed) every patient state parameter
- Logical, entity related approach to the Human Interface flow
- Every entity, module, function of bStable built based on a real-life patient’s need or personal story
- Architects who built bStable did so with total Domain Expertise
- Tremendous breadth of the application – thus, called a true “life management system”
- Tools to help patients address and improve thinking patterns in coordination with psychotherapists
- Support for all ages of life
If used correctly, a bipolar disorder life management system like bStable has the ability to eliminate for Providers unecessary hospitilizations and re-admissions and to be able to focus on patients with the highest need for psychiatric services.
bStable helps patients and their loved ones deal with various affective disorders so they can better communicate with their clinicians (primary care, psychologist, psychiatrist, specialist), prevent crisis situations (i.e. suicide attempts, arrests), reduce hospitalizations, and improve professional and personal productivity leading to a better quality of life.