FLYING UNDER THE RADAR

Over the last decade, UHS has dramatically expanded its behavioral health business, which now generates roughly three-quarters of the company’s profits. Why the big push into behavioral services? CFO Steve Filton offered a key reason, saying the behavioral sector gets "a fairly minimal amount of attention from payers, which I think is generally a good thing.”

SEE NO EVIL

In public, UHS encourages its employees to report problems to supervisors or through the company’s compliance program. “UHS will not retaliate or tolerate any retaliation against you for reporting in good faith,” says the company’s compliance manual.… Read More

UHS AT THE CENTER OF ILLINOIS YOUTH FACILITIES SCANDAL

Two UHS facilities are at the center of a scandal that’s rocked the behavioral health system for juveniles in Illinois. A five-part investigative series launched by the Chicago Tribune in December 2014 found that children in residential treatment centers across the state were being “assaulted, sexually abused and running away by the thousands.”… Read More

Regulators Find Brookline Psychiatric Hospital Deficient Again

The Boston Globe recently published a follow-up report on Arbour-HRI/Brookline psychiatric hospital, a subsidiary of Universal Health Services (UHS) – Three months after state regulators allowed a Brookline psychiatric hospital to start accepting new patients again, federal investigators found deficiencies with psychiatric evaluations and treatment plans, problems they said may have hindered patients’ recovery.… Read More