APA Announces Results of 2016 National Election
Anita Everett, M.D., Selected Next President-Elect
APA’s Committee of Tellers has approved the results of the 2016 apa national election. Please note that these results are considered public, but not official until approved by the Board of Trustees at its meeting on March 19 and 20. Complete results of the election will be reported in the March 4 issue of Psychiatric News.
The Psychiatric Interview Today
Since the inception of psychiatry as a formal clinical discipline in the 19th century, the psychiatric interview has been, and remains, an essential and critical element in its practice. The careful psychologically sensitive interview is psychiatry’s main diagnostic instrument carrying therapeutic import in the manner of conduct and the delineation of effective future treatment. Read more.
Peter J. Buckley, M.D., is a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and emeritus director of residency training in psychiatry at Montefiore Medical Center. He is the co-editor of The Psychiatric Interview in Clinical Practice, Third Edition, which APA members can purchase at a discount.
N.Y. Governor Bans Reimbursement for Reparative Therapy
N.Y. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has announced a series of measures intended to eliminate conversion therapy for minors. Insurers in New York, for instance, will be prohibited from covering the cost of such therapy for anyone under 18, and Medicaid as well as centers overseen by the State Office of Mental Health will be prohibited from providing conversion therapy to minors. In praising Cuomo’s move, APA CEO and Medical Director Saul Levin, M.D., M.P.A., wrote in a blog post today, “We at APA applaud Gov. Cuomo for taking a public stance against an unethical and potentially harmful treatment based on the false idea that homosexuality is, per se, a mental disorder.”
New Process Announced to Avoid EHR Penalties in 2017; Apply Now
The government has issued an update to previous rules governing the Electronic Health Records Incentive Program and is now allowing blanket “hardship” exemptions to the program so that clinicians, hospitals, and critical access hospitals can avoid penalties that would have been incurred in 2017 had they not complied with “meaningful use” requirements in 2015. Here's information on how to apply for an exemption.
February’s Course of the Month Now Available
Each month APA makes available a free CME course exclusive to members only through its Learning Center. February’s selection is “choosing the right treatment for substance use disorders.”
DSM-5 Diagnostic Criteria Mobile App Recently Updated
If you have not yet purchased the DSM-5 mobile app, now is a good time to do so. It has the latest updates to DSM-5 and offers powerful search and customization tools that aid in symptom assessment. Users have full offline access to all of the criteria sets as well as online access to supporting videos, commentary, and resources. The app includes ICD-10-CM codes and is available in Spanish. To obtain more information and purchase the app, click here.
APA Annual Meeting, May 14-18, Atlanta, Ga.
Advance Registration Rates Now in Effect!
Save on Annual Meeting fees by taking advantage of the advance registration rates. Also, hotel rooms near the Georgia World Congress Center are going fast, so don’t delay reserving your room to stay in your first-choice hotel. Learn the latest about special sessions and events at the meeting and register today.
Meeting to Feature Special Guest Lecturers
APA has lined up an impressive list of guest lecturers for this year’s meeting: Thomas Freiden, M.D., M.P.H., director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Justice Stephen Breyer; and Atul Gawande, M.D., M.P.H., surgeon and best-selling author on health care reform and other medically related topics. Look for more information in the February 19 issue of Psychiatric News.
Introducing the New APA Meetings App: Annual Meeting Made Easy!
Preliminary information for the 2016 Annual Meeting is now available on the APA Meetings App. Use the app to register for the meeting, plan your itinerary, and find travel and housing information. Download today by visiting psychiatry.org/app on your mobile device. Available at the apple store and google play.
Join With APA to ‘Give Back’
In its seventh year, “APA Gives Back” provides an opportunity for APA, its members, and Annual Meeting attendees to support a community organization in the city where the Annual Meeting is held. Support this year’s program by making a donation to Skyline Trail. This nationally recognized nonprofit mental health treatment organization serves adults aged 18 and older through a holistic program of evidence-based psychiatric treatment and education. Contributions may be made through APA’s registration system for the annual meeting.
Who Are Psychiatrists and What Is It Like to Be One?
The story of who psychiatrists are today, what they do, and what they value has been told by almost everyone but them. The Southern California Psychiatric Society (SCPS) decided it was time to rectify that situation. It will preimier its new documentary, “art of storytelling: the human experience of being a psychiatrist,” at APA’s Annual Meeting on Wednesday, May 18, at 9 a.m. in Room B402, Building B, Level 4, Georgia World Congress Center. The film, a group project of the Art of Psychiatric Medicine Committee, was produced by Mindi Thelen, SCPS executive director.
|INTEGRATED CARE: WHAT IT MEANS TO YOU
Publications From American Psychiatric Association Publishing
Clinicians Say Integrated Care Is Highly Satisfying
Working in an integrated care setting that allows psychiatrists to reach a larger number of patients in a variety of practice settings is highly satisfying, according to a survey of 52 clinicians published in Psychiatric Services in Advance on December 15, 2015. Integrated care enables clinicians to reach “patients with mental health issues that without an integrated care approach would go undetected and untreated,” said one psychiatrist in comments reflective of the overwhelmingly positive response. Read more.
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Read the Latest AJP Residents’ Journal
The February issue of the ajp residents’ journal is now online. This month’s topics include an editorial on race and psychiatry, a case report on undocumented immigrants in psychiatric wards, a review article on immigration and risk of psychiatric disorders, and addressing the legacy of racism in psychiatric training.
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In California, permanent supportive-housing programs appear to drive up costs of treatment for young adults for all services, including inpatient treatment, a trend not seen among other populations.
Online Network Links NYC’s Emergency Psychiatrists
An elist of psychiatrists working in psychiatric emergency rooms in New York City hospitals provides busy clinicians with an ongoing resource for sharing information across institutions as they attempt to serve increasing numbers of patients.
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