Universal Health Services (UHS) is the biggest provider of behavioral health care in America. And it’s got big problems:
- UHS is a for-profit company controlled by the family of its CEO — and about one-quarter of every dollar UHS makes at its behavioral facilities goes into profits, not care. That high-profit business model may be hurting the vulnerable population UHS serves.
- UHS-operated facilities across the country have had disturbing documented cases of patient runaways and security lapses; improper discharges; insufficient staffing; workplace violence; and even patient deaths.
- UHS is under investigation by the Criminal Fraud Section of the U.S. Department of Justice. They’re looking at whether UHS has been fraudulently billing for behavioral care. UHS and 25 of its behavioral health facilities are also the subject of a coordinated civil investigation by federal authorities.
- UHS receives billions of taxpayer money annually. UHS’s mental health facilities received over $2 billion last year from the government’s Medicare and Medicaid programs. It also receives millions from the government to serve military service members and their families.
As the country’s largest behavioral health provider, UHS should be meeting the highest standards of care in the industry. We have a right to expect that UHS makes quality care and safety their top priority.
Sign the petition. Together we can win better care at UHS.
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