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Medicare “Comparative Billing Report” (CBR) Letters Go to 4,300 Psychiatrists

Webinars This month, 4,300 psychiatrists will receive a “Comparative Billing Report” regarding their billing for psychotherapy and evaluation and management (E/M) services (CBR 201607). These seven-page letters from eGlobalTech on behalf of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have alarmed many APA members, and APA plans to share your concerns with CMS. Information about these letters and what to do if you get one can be accessed in today’s psychiatric news alert.

Learn New Model of MAT Prescribing

Webinars Learn about “collaborative opioid prescribing” on June 14 in the webinar “Improving Medication Assisted Treatment Access and Quality Through Collaborative Care: The CoOP Model.” This model links opioid treatment programs with office-based buprenorphine (OBB) prescribers. The opioid treatment programs provide assessment, buprenorphine induction, and counseling, while OBB physicians provide ongoing buprenorphine prescribing and somatic or psychiatric care. The webinar, which will be held noon to 1 p.m. EDT, will be presented by APA on behalf of the Providers' Clinical Support System for Medication Assisted Treatment. To register, click here.

Couldn’t Go to APA’s Annual Meeting or Missed Specific Sessions?

Atlanta Whether you couldn't attend APA’s 2016 Annual Meeting last week or want to view sessions that you missed, investing in APA Annual Meeting on Demand is the answer. You’ll get online access to 400 hours of presentations, CME credit available via integrated online tests, downloadable MP3 audio files, and a USB drive containing the sessions for offline viewing. Earn top-quality CME the easy way—when and where it’s convenient for you. place your order now and get a $500 gift card of your choice.

May’s Course of the Month Available

CME Each month APA makes available a free CME course exclusive to members only through its Learning Center. May’s selection is “Updates in Women's Health: Depression and Anxiety During Pregnancy and Postpartum.” Click here for more information.

MACRA Rule Is Coming—Be Ready

Medicare On April 16, 2015, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act—known as “MACRA”—was signed into law. This landmark legislation permanently repealed Medicare’s sustainable growth rate formula, which prevented Medicare payments to physicians from keeping up with rising costs for almost two decades. MACRA also sets up two new major programs for physicians in quality reporting and participation in “alternative payment models” (APMs). The Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) will replace the current programs–PQRS/Physician Quality Reporting System, Meaningful Use/electronic health records, and the Value-Based Payment Modifier—and add a new category of “clinical practice improvement activities.” Physicians will have an opportunity to earn substantial bonuses for either scoring above average in the MIPS program or having substantial revenue (or patients) related to “eligible” APMs. New rules are coming soon that will flesh out the policies for these two new programs. Psychiatric News recently launched a special series of articles on the new payment programs. To date, see value-based payment will change practice, reimbursement and macra marks new start for medicare payment of physicians.

2016 PQRS GPRO Registration Is Now Open

CMS Groups with two or more eligible professionals (EPs) can register to participate in the 2016 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) Group Reporting Option (GPRO) via the Physician Value-Physician Quality Reporting System Registration System. PQRS groups must meet the satisfactory reporting criteria through the PQRS GPRO in order to avoid the -2.0% CY 2018 PQRS payment adjustment. More information is available on the pqrs payment adjustment information web page. Questions? Contact Samantha Shugarman at sshugarman@psych.org.


ABPN Faculty Innovation in Education Awards

ABPN The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) has posted application information about the 2017-2018 Faculty Innovation in Education Awards on its website.

This award supports the development of innovative education and/or evaluation projects that promote effective residency/fellowship training or lifelong learning of practicing psychiatrists and neurologists. The 2017-2018 application and requested materials are due to the ABPN by August 15. The awards will be announced by November 15. More details, including the application and additional applicant information, are available on the ABPN website.

Gustav O. Lienhard Award

Gustav O. Lienhard The Gustav O. Lienhard Award, established in 1986, is presented annually by the National Academy of Medicine in honor of Gustav O. Lienhard, chair of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Board of Trustees from 1971 to 1986. The award—a medal and $40,000—recognizes individuals for outstanding achievement in improving health care services in the United States. The online nomination deadline is June 7. For more information, click here.

The Rhoda and Bernard Sarnat International Prize in Mental Health

Rhoda and Bernard Sarnat International Prize The Rhoda and Bernard Sarnat International Prize in Mental Health is presented annually by the National Academy of Medicine. Rhoda and Bernard Sarnat established the award in 1992 out of a commitment to improving the science base and delivery of mental health services. This international award recognizes individuals, groups, or organizations for outstanding achievement in improving mental health and is accompanied by a medal and $20,000. The online nomination deadline is June 7. For more information, click here.


APA Members-Only Malpractice Insurance Program

WingThe APA Members-only Malpractice Insurance Program, administered by american professional agency inc. ("APA Inc."), is a medical malpractice program designed to meet the needs of mental health professionals, specifically psychiatrists. APA Inc. offers members risk management consultation services staffed by experienced professionals. They provide additional discounts and benefits to APA members including AMA PRA Category 1 Credit courses, valued at $120. Each course qualifies for one-hour credit toward the three hours required to receive a risk management discount of 5% off your professional liability policy. For information regarding insurance rates and coverage, visit apa inc.


Publications From American Psychiatric Association Publishing

Psychiatric News
Addressing Mental Illness Biases Should Start Early in Training

Heidi CombsStudies indicate that physicians suffer from depression at a rate significantly higher than those in other professions. Moreover, physicians attempt and complete suicide at rates significantly higher than the general population. Why don’t physicians seek help? Read more.

Psychiatric Services
Implementation of Integrated Health Homes for Persons With Serious Mental Illness in Los Angeles County

Psychiatric ServicesThe study examined two health home models. Clients in programs that provided better integration of care showed greater improvements in physical and mental health and higher rates of screening for common chronic conditions. They also had greater reductions in hypertension but a worrisome increase in prediabetes and diabetes. Read more.


Read the Latest AJP Residents’ Journal

Residents JournalThis month’s journal features an article on the ethical considerations regarding end-of-life planning and palliative care needs in patients with chronic psychiatric disorders and a commentary on the right of psychiatric patients to leave against medical advice.


• General News

• Nominations Invited

• Membership Benefits You!

• Integrated Care: What It Means to You

• For Residents and Fellows



What You Should Know About Marijuana Use in the United States

Kundalini Yoga Found to Enhance Cognitive Functioning in Older Adults

CMS Final Rule Extends Parity to Medicaid Plans

Narcissistic Personality Disorder: The Treatment Challenge

Comic Book Superhero Helps Fight Stigma Surrounding Mental Illness


New Insights Into How Staying Active May Delay Onset of Alzheimer’s

Researchers Make Advances in Neural Stem Cell Therapy

Blood Test May Detect Concussions Days Later

Educator Cites Responsibility to Future of Patient Care

Bill Would Include Psychiatrists in Loan Repayment Program in Calif.



American Psychiatric Association Publishing
Book of the Week

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Marijuana and Mental Health

Edited by Michael T. Compton, M.D., M.P.H.

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Job Hunting Made Easy: Here’s Help

Job CentralFor current job opportunities from the job board at APA Job Central, click here. In addition to searching the site for available positions, APA members may post their resume, set up email job alerts, and access a "job seeker" account.


Check out the latest issues of
APA’s major periodicals.

Psychiatric Services

Psychiatric Services

PSGrowth in ADHD Visits by Adults Outpaces Visits by Children
Between 1999 and 2010, the proportion of office visits for ADHD grew significantly faster among adults compared with children, although ADHD visits by children were far more common.

PSRule Changes Slow Use of SGAs Among Children in Medicaid
A series of policy and programmatic changes undertaken by Indiana Medicaid between 2008 and 2012 is credited with slowing the use of second-generation antipsychotics (SGAs) among children, but large numbers of children continued to receive SGAs for unapproved conditions.

PSA Team Approach to College Mental Health
Best practices in college mental health involve collaboration among campus professionals, including primary care providers, counseling center psychologists, case managers or social workers, academic advisors, and staff from the office for students with disabilities, with leadership increasingly provided by psychiatrists.

The American Journal of Psychiatry

American Journal of Psychiatry

Prenatal Nicotine Exposure and Risk of Schizophrenia Among Offspring in a National Birth Cohort
Cigarette smoking during pregnancy is a major public health problem leading to adverse health outcomes and neurodevelopmental abnormalities among offspring. Its prevalence in the United States and Europe is 12% to 25%. This study examined the relationship between prenatal nicotine exposure (cotinine level) in archived maternal sera and schizophrenia in offspring from a national birth cohort.

Performance of DSM-5 Persistent Complex Bereavement Disorder Criteria in a Community Sample of Bereaved Military Family Members
This article examined the accuracy of DSM-5 proposed criteria for persistent complex bereavement disorder in identifying putative cases of clinically impairing grief and in excluding nonclinical cases. Performance of criteria sets for prolonged grief disorder and complicated grief were similarly assessed.


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