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Regulations cost inpatient psychiatric facilities $1.7 billion
Modern Healthcare

Inpatient psychiatric facilities across the country face $1.7 billion a year in compliance costs stemming from outdated regulations and inconsistent surveys from private and state agencies, according to a new industry report released Tuesday.

The biggest driver of regulatory costs for facilities is meeting requirements to lower ligature-risk points, which are areas where a patient can try to strangle themselves. Ligature-risk point regulatory compliance costs inpatient facilities nationwide an average $880 million a year, according to the National Association for Behavioral Health, which represents the facilities.