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Dr. David Weiss is an accomplished board-certified psychiatrist with over 22 years of experience as a clinician, administrator, educator, and researcher. He has held numerous leadership roles in the public and private sector. Dr. Weiss joins MindCare from Universal Health Services (UHS) in Colorado where he has held several leadership roles including Medical Director, Assistant Medical Director and Chief of Staff. Along with David Morris, he was able to successfully transform the UHS facility from a start-up to a leader in the Colorado behavioral healthcare market. Prior to joining UHS, Dr. Weiss was Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and was attending psychiatrist at Denver Health Medical Center where he provided psychiatric services on the inpatient units, consultation services to the medical and surgical departments, and evaluations in the psychiatric emergency setting. He was actively involved in medical student and resident education and was chosen by the psychiatric residents to receive the Shore Award for outstanding teaching and resident support. Prior to Denver Health, Dr. Weiss was the co-medical director for a multistate, multidisciplinary behavioral healthcare delivery system. From that venture, he founded his own company where he successfully partnered with a national managed care company to develop quality programs to improve access to members and lower emergency room utilization. With his broad training in medical and surgical care prior to beginning his psychiatric residency, Dr. Weiss has been an active consultant to his medical colleagues and frequently lectures on psychiatric topics both to the medical community and general public. He has been recognized as an expert in psychiatry providing expert testimony throughout the country. Dr. Weiss is a fellow in the American Psychiatric Association and a member of the Colorado Psychiatric Society. He received his undergraduate degree with distinction in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology graduating Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Colorado, Boulder. He completed his medical degree at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine. He has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and conducted clinical research into a range of psychiatric disorders including addiction, depression, and eating disorders.

Telepsychiatry: Increasing Patient Satisfaction and Reimbursement Rates

By |2019-11-21T10:08:48-05:00November 21st, 2019|

The use of telehealth is rapidly growing. In just four years, claims related to telehealth grew 624% for all medical claims. In 2018 alone, non-hospital-based provider-to-patient telehealth visits made up 84% of all telehealth claims, compared with 52% in 2014. This astounding growth is the result of increased patient satisfaction [...]

Responding to Natural Disasters with Telepsychiatry

By |2019-09-27T13:04:59-04:00September 27th, 2019|

Katrina, Harvey, Dorian: record-breaking storms that left destruction and devastation in their wake. The aftermath of these natural disasters is not just monetary and physical though, they cause mental and emotional trauma as well. The loss of homes, family members, and stability takes its toll on survivors. One of the [...]

Staggering Rise in Suicidal Patients Presenting to EDs Hastens Call for Telepsychiatry

By |2019-10-25T10:47:24-04:00August 19th, 2019|

414%  That’s the percentage increase in suicidal patients presenting to United States emergency department (ED) over the last decade.1  Yes, you read that right. 414%.    Total ED visits with a presenting problem of suicidal ideation increased by 414% from 2006 to 2014.2   Additionally, total ED visits related to behavioral health disorders and/or substance abuse disorders (excluding suicidal ideation) increased by 44%3 in the last decade.   About 1.5 [...]

Telepsychiatry in ICE Facilities

By |2019-08-05T20:33:19-04:00August 5th, 2019|

There has been a lot of news coverage lately on detainees and asylum seekers and their overall well-being during their time in detention. Increasingly, many healthcare workers must face unfamiliar territory when treating patients brought in by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Detainees often present with a variety of psychiatric [...]

Improving Inpatient Care in Mental Health Institutions with Telepsychiatry

By |2019-06-21T15:18:27-04:00June 21st, 2019|

In our series, we have covered many of the challenges that hospitals and physicians face from a behavioral health perspective, from burnout to boarding, and how telepsychiatry provides innovative solutions. Here, we continue our exploration into the psychiatric world and how telepsychiatry is helping to advance inpatient care in mental health hospitals.  The Shortages Affecting Inpatient Care  The United States has an [...]

Tackling Mental Health in the ER with a New System of Care

By |2019-04-19T13:25:39-04:00April 10th, 2019|

In many US communities, emergency departments are one of the last remaining safety nets for mental health patients. One in eight visits to the emergency room (ER) today is related to mental health or substance abuse issues. Starting in the 1980s continuing through the 90s, mental health was de-institutionalized around [...]

5 Ways Telepsychiatry Can Help Tackle the Opioid Crisis

By |2019-03-27T10:22:34-04:00March 27th, 2019|

Opioid addiction is a growing nation-wide concern. It has been declared a Public Health Emergency, and the worst drug crisis in American history. Opioid addiction has torn through the US, destroying lives in its path. Every day, emergency rooms treat over 1,000 people for misusing opioids. Patients with mental health [...]