Universal Health Services owns the largest group of psychiatric hospitals in the nation. They have been under investigation by the Department of Heath and Human Services since 2013. Now there are allegations made by people, including nurses and doctors, that work within their facilities of holding patients longer than medically necessary in order to charge the patient’s insurance company the maximum under their policy.
As Buzzfeed points out,
Since psychiatric hospitals are reimbursed for each day that a patient stays, extending patients’ stays can drive up a hospital’s revenues. But billing for treatment that is not medically necessary can constitute fraud. And for patients themselves, who are needlessly held in locked facilities, the experience can be devastating.
A full one-third of Universal Health Services revenue comes from Medicaid and Medicare. They deny all wrongdoing.