Psychiatric Practices

Industry Profile Report

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Industry Overview Current Conditions, Industry Structure, How Firms Operate, Industry Trends, Credit Underwriting & Risks, and Industry Forecast.

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Financial Insights Working Capital, Capital Financing, Business Valuation, and Financial Benchmarks.

Industry Profile Excerpts

Industry Overview

The 11,300 psychiatric practices in the US provide mental health care through private practices, group practices, or medical facilities (hospitals, HMOs). Firms generate the majority of revenue through visits and consultations. Other sources of revenue include non-surgical interventions. Psychiatric practices may specialize in a particular type of disorder (eating disorders, behavioral problems, substance abuse) or patient (elderly adults, children, adolescents).

Dependence on Referrals

Because psychiatric care is highly personal and involves sensitive information, many patients rely on referrals to obtain services.

Drug Treatment Prevails

The advent of prescription drugs to treat mental illness created a fundamental shift in how the medical community provides psychiatric care.

Industry size & Structure

The average psychiatric practice operates out of a single location, employs 5 workers, and generates about $649,000 annually.

    • The psychiatric services industry consists of about 11,300 firms that employ about 70,100 workers and generate about $9 billion annually.
    • The industry is extremely fragmented; the top 50 companies account for less than 15% of industry revenue.
    • Most psychiatric practices are small, independent firms that operate locally. State licensing requirements create geographical restrictions.
    • Large practices, such as Psychiatric Solutions, operate as part of hospitals or inpatient psychiatric care providers, such as Universal Health Services (UHS).
                                    Industry Forecast
                                    Psychiatric Practices Industry Growth
                                    Source: Vertical IQ and Inforum

                                    Recent Developments

                                    Mar 19, 2024 - Moderate Sales Increase Expected
                                    • Psychiatric practice sales are forecast to grow at a 5.73% compounded annual rate from 2022 to 2027, faster than the growth of the overall economy, according to Inforum and the Interindustry Economic Research Fund, Inc. Industry labor costs increased during 2023 as employment increased significantly while average wages for nonsupervisory employees increased slightly, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.
                                    • Almost 70% of employees surveyed for Calm's 2024 Voice of the Workplace Report said that their mental health has stayed the same or worsened over the past year. About half of workers are concerned about rapidly developing technologies in the workplace. One-third believe that artificial intelligence (AI) tools are contributing negatively to employee well-being. The survey also revealed the top stressors for employees. Number one is the cost of living or inflation, and number two is financial instability.
                                    • Medicare will allow marriage and family therapists and mental health counselors to provide services beginning in January 2024. This group of more than 400,000 professionals makes up more than 40% of the licensed US mental health workforce and is especially critical in rural areas, according to The Washington Post. Medicare has covered only mental health services provided by psychiatrists, psychologists, licensed clinical social workers, and psychiatric nurses. Medicare is also adding up to 19 hours a week of intensive outpatient care as a benefit, improving navigation and peer-support services for those with severe mental illness, and expanding mobile crisis services that can treat people in their homes or on the streets.
                                    • More than 150 million people live in federally designated mental health professional shortage areas, according to the Health Resources & Services Administration. The country will be short between 14,280 and 31,109 psychiatrists within a few years, and psychologists, social workers, and others will be overextended as well. More than half of US counties lack a single psychiatrist, according to research conducted at the University of Michigan's School of Public Health Behavioral Health Workforce Research Center. Several factors fuel the shortage, according to experts. “The U.S. population has grown, there’s a lot of mental health need especially with the pandemic, and we don’t have enough residency slots to train people,” says Anna Ratzliff, MD, PhD, psychiatry residency program director at the University of Washington. There’s also a retirement drain since more than 60% of psychiatrists are 55 or older.
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