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State of Oregon gives a “thumbs down” to UHS’ proposal to build a new psychiatric hospital

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) has turned down Universal Health Services, Inc (UHS) and its NEWCO subsidiary’s request to build a 100-bed psychiatric hospital in Wilsonville. In the OHA’s proposed decision to deny UHS’ application, the “OHA found that NEWCO met only one of eight criteria” required to gain approval for its proposed hospital. The more »

Buzzfeed News Investigates How scores of employees and patients say America’s largest psychiatric chain turns patients into profits by locking patients in, billing their insurer, and kicking them out.

Buzzfeed News’ Rosalind Adams takes a sobering look at the questionable practices and breakdowns in care at facilities operated by the nation’s largest provider of psychiatric services, Universal Health Services, Inc. (UHS). The article notes: “A yearlong BuzzFeed News investigation — based on interviews with 175 current and former UHS staff, including 18 executives who ran more »

The Dallas Morning News investigates whether regulators are “too easy” on the troubled Timberlawn Mental Health System.

The Dallas Morning News’ Miles Moffeit takes a sobering look at whether healthcare regulations are strong enough to protect patients and staff at Timberlawn Mental Health System—a UHS-operated behavioral health facility in Dallas, TX, with a “lengthy history of regulatory trouble.”   The article notes: “Two months after a violent patient killed a doctor at more »

Unanimous Supreme Court Rejects Industry Attempts to Limit Whistleblowers

Contact: Ryan Pfeffer, Ryan.Pfeffer@seiu.org, 614-270-9474; Issued June 16, 2016 The Supreme Court’s ruling today in Universal Health Services v. United States ex rel. Escobar preserves the ability of whistleblowers to bring claims under the False Claims Act (FCA) when government contractors, like Universal Health Services (UHS), lie by omission. Affirming the “implied false certification” theory of more »

Fraud Allegations Highlight Shareholders' Exposure to Risk at Nation’s Largest Mental Health Provider

Contact: Tracy Honhart, Tracy.Honhart@seiu.org, 510-343-8625 Issued May 16, 2016 On May 18th, Universal Health Services, Inc. (UHS), the largest provider of behavioral healthcare services with 1 out of every 5 psychiatric beds nationally, will be holding its annual meeting for shareholders. Shareholders should be aware of their exposure to risk from an expanding federal investigation more »

UHS v. United States ex rel. Escobar: U.S. Solicitor General Supports Protecting Mental Health Patients and Whistleblowers

Contact: Ryan Pfeffer, Ryan.Pfeffer@seiu.org, 614-270-9474 Issued April 18, 2016 Arguing Before the Supreme Court, the US Solicitor General Makes the Case for Preserving Critical Whistleblower Tools to Hold Providers Like Universal Health Services Accountable for Breaking the Law Washington, DC —The U.S. Solicitor General and attorneys for a whistleblowing family argue before the Supreme Court of more »

Community Activists Defeat Controversial Mental Health Facility Proposed by Troubled UHS in Rocklin, CA

The nation’s largest provider of inpatient behavioral health services and current focus of United States federal law enforcement criminal fraud investigators, Universal Health Services, Inc. (UHS), was forced to walk away from a proposed facility in Rocklin, CA following vocal community opposition over the proposed location.   ROCKLIN, CA.–On January 14, 2016, the City of more »

KENNEDY CALLS FOR ACTION

Congressman Joe Kennedy III just took a strong stand for everyone fighting to improve mental health care in America. This week, Kennedy called for “swift action” in the federal investigation of potentially illegal clinical practices at Universal Health Services (UHS), the biggest behavioral health provider in America. Rep. Kennedy — joined by Rep. Danny Davis more »