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CMS Discovers PQRS Data Errors

CMS The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced that various errors were discovered in the 2014 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) data submitted by vendors on behalf of physicians and group practices that reported via electronic health records (EHR) and qualified clinical data registries (QCDR). Some physicians are affected by the errors. Find out more.

Nominations Invited for APA Office

CheckboxDo you know an APA member whose interests and expertise would make him or her a good candidate for APA office? If so, please submit the member’s full and the office for which he or she is being nominated to election@psych.org. Nominations are being sought for the following offices: president-elect, treasurer, trustee-at-large, Area 3 trustee, Area 6 trustee, and resident-fellow member trust-elect. The deadline for nominations is October 1. For more information on the national election process and eligibility information, please visit the apa website.

Here’s Help to Transition to ICD-10

DSM-5On October 1, all HIPAA-covered entities must transition from using ICD-9 codes to using ICD-10 codes. APA has prepared information to make that transition as easy as possible for you. First, if you have DSM-5, you are already ahead of the game—it contains the ICD-10 codes. Next, APA has prepared a free webinar and related information to show you how to use DSM-5 to transition to the new coding set. If you have not yet purchased DSM-5, you can do so now by clicking here. Also handy is a new spiralbound coding manual from APA Publishing.

Join Your Colleagues for APA's Fall Meeting

NYCIPS: The Mental Health Services Conference will be held October 8 to 11 in New York. This is the comprehensive meeting you need for the latest information on clinical care, service delivery, and integrated care. review the program and register now to take advantage of advance registration rates.

Latest Issue of Mental Health Works: Employers Look to Mitigate Effects of Opioid Use Among Workers

Mental Health WorksBecause of their strong potential for causing impairment or other safety hazards, opioids are a significant concern in the workplace. The latest issue of mental health works, the quarterly publication from the partnership for workplace mental health, takes a look at what employers can do to prevent and mitigate problems related to opioid use.

2016 Annual Meeting Abstracts Submission Deadline Approaching

AtlantaThe deadline for abstract submissions for APA's 2016 annual meeting is at 11:59 p.m. (EDT) on September 17. If you cannot complete your submission by that deadline, be sure to begin your submission by that date and complete it by 11:59 P.M. (EDT) on September 18. To access the online abstract submission system, click here.


Auto and Home Insurance Discounts

Liberty Mutual Planning any road trips this fall? Make sure your auto insurance coverage offers the right protection. Liberty Mutual and APA have partnered to offer APA members exclusive savings on quality auto insurance. Call (800) 524-9400 or visit liberty mutual to learn more or get a free quote. Please reference Client # 115957 for your discount.

Magazine Subscriptions for Office and Home

Magazine reader Enjoy low-cost subscriptions for your and your patients’ favorite magazines. Subscriptions cost as little as $8.97, and you can browse titles and order online or speak to a customer service representative by phone. Visit the apa magazine program, and you’ll find the wide variety of magazines just right for you and your office. Sometimes it’s good to turn off the screen and turn the pages.


Publications From American Psychiatric Association Publishing

Psychiatric News
Engaging Others Can Help Overcome Barriers to Collaborative Care

Glenda WrennThe Division of Behavioral Health at the Satcher Health Leadership Institute at Morehouse School of Medicine has been engaging community sites to cultivate primary care and behavioral health integration since 2011. Despite the established efficacy of integrated care in improving population health outcomes, the majority of care delivered to the most disadvantaged populations remains usual care. Eliminating health disparities and achieving mental health equity require a redefining of usual care. Read more.

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Psychiatric Services
Integrated Care and Mental Health Disparities

Chwastiak DrussA literature review of the use of integrated care to reduce racial-ethnic mental health disparities identifies pockets of progress, but too many gaps remain to pinpoint best practices. Read more.


Call for Applications for RFM Trustee-Elect: An Opportunity to Influence Our Field

Ravi Shah, M.D.The first meeting for the new Board of Trustees was held July 11 and 12 in Washington, D.C., with President Renée Binder, M.D., presiding. In this article, Resident-Fellow Member Trustee Ravi N. Shah, M.D., shares an example that demonstrates how residents and fellows are empowered at the Board level. He hopes the story will inspire you to get involved with APA and consider running for the resident-fellow member trustee-elect position. Read more.


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• Membership Benefits You!

• Integrated Care: What It Means to You

• For Residents and Fellows



ICD Codes for Some DSM-5 Diagnoses Updated

Psychiatrist Forwards Understanding of Islam, MH Care for Muslim Women

APA Publishes New Guidelines for the Psychiatric Evaluation of Adults

How to Work Up Agitated Patients in ER

Hurricane Katrina Is No Distant Memory to Gulf Coast Clinicians


Acute Sleep Deprivation May Reduce Impact of Traumatic Memories

Researchers Move Closer to Targeted Drug Delivery to Brain

Ethics Corner: Consider Motives Before Taking on Someone Else’s Patient

Claiming Our Future: Psychiatry’s Role as Guideline Experts

The Global Promise of Wearable Technology in Children’s Mental Health



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Fidelity to Housing First Predicts Use of Outpatient Services
Greater fidelity to Housing First, a model of permanent supported housing (PSH) that does not impose readiness requirements or mandate treatment participation, was associated with greater use of outpatient services, according to a California study of 77 PSH programs.

Recession’s Uneven Effects on Use of Mental Health Services
Use of mental health services among persons with serious psychiatric disorders was considerably lower in states that were harder hit by the 2008 recession, according to national survey data from 2008–2010.

Psychiatric Services Book Reviews
The May issue of Psychiatric Services reviews the following books in its Book Reviews section, edited by Jeffrey L. Geller, M.D., M.P.H.:


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