Psych Crime Reporter

April 14, 2011

Medicare program terminates Two Rivers Psychiatric Hospital

Filed under: mental health — Psych Crime Reporter @ 10:11 am
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Federal officials have notified Two Rivers Psychiatric Hospital that it is being terminated from the Medicare program for failing to have adequate suicide precautions in place.

The action by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is considered a last resort when medical facilities fail to meet critical standards. It means the Medicare and Medicaid programs will no longer pay the hospital at 5121 Raytown Road to care for patients.

Two Rivers’ chief executive officer, Kevin Young, said in a statement Tuesday that the hospital was preparing an appeal and legal challenges.

“Two Rivers Hospital remains open and fully operational and will continue to do so during the pendency of this matter,” Young said.

(Note from Two Rivers is among 100+ behavioral health facilities owned and operated by Universal Health Services (UHS).  There have been numerous patient abuses, deaths and at least one homicide in UHS facilities in recent years, which you can read about here.)

Medicare’s termination notice said the program would continue to pay the hospital for 30 days for patients who were receiving in-patient care but would not pay for new admissions or those being treated as out-patients.

Federal officials have asked for a list of names and the Medicare claim numbers of those patients being treated as in-patient at the hospital as of the close of business Monday.

The termination was triggered by the March 12 suicide of a 59-year-old woman. The hospital failed to adequately monitor her and then bungled attempts to resuscitate her after she strangled herself with a strap, according to federal records.

Source: Robert A. Cronkleton, “Officials act to drop Two Rivers Psychiatric Hospital from Medicare,” The Kansas City Star, April 13, 2011.Uni


  1. Follow or share all the national Universal Health Services stories from across the country at “Keep An Eye On PSI!”(And UHS!)
    Lot’s going on in April 2011 for UHS all across the country, and none of it positive, except the money is still rolling in and will continue to do so with their great business plan “Profits Over People!”

    Comment by Susan Lawrence — April 23, 2011 @ 2:49 pm | Reply

  2. This really doesn’t surprise me, and I wish most funding for the substance abuse program would be dropped entirely. I’m still so horrified by the way I was treated in my week stay there to detox from prescription opiates. I was excoriated and bullied by staff, who also encouraged patients to also light into patients who weren’t the model of thick-skinned toughness (a hard quality to muster when being cold-turkeyed off of opiates, tears do come easily even for a non-cryer like myself). Had they expressed to us, and we truly could have found out from their website, but really didn’t know any better at the time, that they were only offering 12 Step/Minnesota model “treatment” in the substance abuse/detox program and the full import of what that (non)treatment meant we never would’ve chosen this place.

    It was run like a prison. The doctors rarely got to me prior to 11 PM. The staff are almost all trained to treat patients with some bizarre attitude that we were just defective people who didn’t yet “get the program”. One nurse alone varied in this, and even shared her story with us one day, one of excessive drinking she simply decided to leave behind in life with no “meetings” or any belief that she was incurably ill. This nurse did have to repeatedly say that she was merely a nurse, not an expert, but the “experts” there (not psychiatrists, mind you) were merely experts in 12 Step Ideology, which since leaving the world of “recovery culture”, I have read extensively that many of these notions aren’t even scientifically valid, certainly not medically!

    No hospital who accepts a patient turning to them for help should deny privileges to those so ill they can hardly make it to mandatory droning lectures by members of Cocaine Anonymous for an hour a night which others are rewarded with for attending. Certainly not taking patients, like myself, who even the doctor thought had no other problem than the opiates, and telling us we weren’t allowed to CRY, while encouraging other patients to chant 12 step slogans at us such as, “poor me, poor me, pour me a drink” or laughing when certain patients told some of us to “shut the hell up”.

    I didn’t talk to almost a soul for a year after this program. I sure as heck was conditioned to never shed a tear in front of another living soul ever again. Have I ever relapsed or used drugs since? No. I certainly did this without 12 step ideologues or even their attitudes toward the “incurable disease” they rather unprofessionally diagnosed me and so many others with–again, not the psychiatrists, but the other employees whose educational credentials I’d like for the actual medical community to look into! I went there to be detoxed in a medical facility, not to be treated harshly by people who shouldn’t ever be employed in a hospital at all, and not just IMHO, as I’ve learned since this experience.

    It took a long time for me to speak against this place or about this at all, and this post doesn’t surprise me, as they never would’ve known had I been suicidal in there as any complaints about treatment being harsh were met with more harsh treatment and it was certainly not uncommon to awaken to one of the more, um, unhinged patients standing in our open doors staring at us, another common complaint I heard from all.

    Thank you for posting this.

    Comment by PersephoneInExile — September 16, 2011 @ 9:23 pm | Reply

  3. I was there in March in the trauma unit and this doesn’t surprise me. I almost sued them for malpractice and I won’t even enter the hospital again. No one should have to go through what I went through there.

    Comment by Melissa — September 11, 2013 @ 1:57 pm | Reply

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