Have You Registered to Review Your 'Sunshine Act' Data?
August 27 is the deadline to complete a two-phase registration process necessary to review data on payments or other transfers of value from pharmaceutical and medical device companies and dispute any errors with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The collection and reporting of these data are required under the Physician Payment Sunshine Act (PPSA), part of the Affordable Care Act. To make registration and review of data as easy as possible for its members, APA has posted a number of resources on its website that it will continue to update on a regular basis. Registration is voluntary, but it is required to review the data and dispute any inaccuracies. While the initial review-and-dispute period ends August 27, identity verification can take some time, so CMS is recommending that registration be completed as soon as possible. Physicians still have until December 31 to dispute 2013 data, but disputes will not be flagged in the public database until 2015. If you haven't acted yet, do so now.
Early-Bird Registration Ends Tomorrow for 66th Institute on Psychiatric Services
This year's theme, "Integrating Science and Care in a New Era of Population Health," focuses on the changes in service delivery and everyday practice, scientific advances, and the ways in which society itself has shaped psychiatry's work. The institute, which is being held in San Francisco October 30-November 2, will feature more than 100 education sessions. Register by July 24 to receive the early-bird rate. To obtain more information and to register, click here.
Help Determine Tomorrow's APA Leaders
Who do you think should lead APA into its next phase of planning for the future? Now's the time to speak up—APA is seeking nominations for the national offices of president-elect, secretary, early career psychiatrist (ECP) trustee-at-large, and resident-fellow member trustee-elect. Members of Area 1, Area 4, and Area 7 are also invited to forward suggestions for their respective Area trustees. Please e-mail your nominations and letters of recommendation to email@example.com. The deadline for nominations is October 1.
New APA Online Courses Now Available
Two new online courses are now available on the APA Education website. "transitioning to dsm-5 and icd-10-cm" will directly address this knowledge gap by providing training for clinicians to better understand the coding changes in DSM-5; how DSM-5's approach differs from that in DSM-IV, the rationale behind the revisions; and specific clinical implications. "pawn to king four, an apa efocus clinical vignette: understanding the evidence" provides an opportunity for you to share your opinion and see how others approach the same case. Given your knowledge of the topic and the points made in the vignette, which treatment approach would you choose? For additional information and a full listing of APA online courses available, click here.
Your Voice Still Needed to Show Support for Bills on VA Psychiatric Workforce!
Your voice is still needed! APA is asking psychiatrists to urge their House and Senate members to cosponsor bills HR 4234/S 2425, the bipartisan Ensuring Veterans Resiliency Act, which seek to secure a stronger and more stable psychiatric workforce in the Department of Veterans Affairs. To contact your members of Congress, start here on APA's website. If you have already contacted your member of Congress, thank you!
For more details in Psychiatric News on the legislation, see "bill seeks to boost number of psychiatrists in va."
2014-2015 APA/SAMHSA Minority Fellows Announced
The APA/SAMHSA Selection Committee for the Minority Fellowships is pleased to announce the names of the 36 new psychiatry residents selected to participate in one of the APA Minority Fellowships and the 29 continuing fellows. The minority fellowships program endeavors to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities in mental health and substance abuse care by providing specialized training to psychiatry residents and medical students interested in serving minority communities. For a listing of the fellows' names, click here.
Deadline Extended for APA Spurlock Congressional Fellowship Applications
The application submission deadline for the 2015 APA Jeanne Spurlock Congressional Fellowship has been extended to August 15. The Spurlock Fellowship is an opportunity to represent the profession of psychiatry on Capitol Hill and work with federal policymakers to shape public policy. The 10-month fellowship will begin January 1, 2015, with candidate selection earlier in the fall. A summary of the fellowship details, including information on past Congressional Fellows and their experiences on the Hill, is posted here. Applicants must be APA members and U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Applications, in the form of a letter, three letters of recommendation, and a CV, should be emailed to Marilyn King or mailed to APA Division of Diversity and Health Equity, 1000 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 1825, Arlington, Va. 22209.
Register for Webinar on Prescription Drug Abuse and the Emergence of Hepatitis C
Prescription drug abuse has emerged as a public-health concern in the past decade, especially in rural areas of the United States. The webinar, "Prescription Drug Abuse and the Emergence of Hepatitis C in Rural Appalachia," will describe trends in prescription drug abuse and the relationship between injection of prescription opioids and HCV transmission over time (2008-2014). Longitudinal individual data and social-network-level data will be presented, as will prevalence and incidence rates for HCV, HIV, and HSV-2. Register here.
Diversity Mental Health Month: Why It Is Needed and How It Came to Be
July is the first APA Diversity Mental Health Month. The concept for Diversity Mental Health Month came from participants in APA's Minority Fellowship program. Read here and learn how their idea led to APA's bringing national attention to the mental health needs of diverse populations. Also, watch a video of APA Medical Director and CEO Saul Levin, M.D., M.P.A., as he shares information and guidance on how to improve the care of these underserved populations.
Apply to Become an APA Fellow—It's Now Easier!
Are you ready to take the next step in your professional career? Members who pursue fellow status perceive it as one of the first steps to enhancement of their professional credentials. Members who apply and are approved this year for fellow status will be invited to participate in the Convocation of Distinguished Fellows during APA's 2015 annual meeting in Toronto. The application deadline for international members is August 1; click here for more information and an application. The deadline for U.S. and Canadian members is September 1; for more information and an application, click here.
>>INTEGRATED CARE: WHAT IT MEANS TO YOU
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Florida Brings Integrated Care to Medicaid Beneficiaries
In June, Florida became the first state to offer an integrative Medicaid health plan designed for people with chronic and severe mental illness. It is hoped that this innovative new program will lead to improved outcomes for Medicaid beneficiaries and lower costs for their treatment.
For other Psychiatric News articles on integrated care, click here.
Residency Programs Need to Prepare Trainees for New Delivery Systems
Early career psychiatrists Andres Barkil-Oteo, M.D., M.Sc. and Yael Holoshitz, M.D., look back at their residency training and wish that they had learned more about systems of care—such as accountable care organizations and integrated care models—and the regulations and incentives that drive the evolving models of health care. Also, they recommend that residency programs embrace collaboration with community psychiatrists. Read more.
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The APA 100% club was established to encourage residents throughout the United States and Canada to join APA and to do so with other trainees in their programs. Visit the APA website for eligibility requirements and benefits for each level. Contact Neila Ariasaif in Membership if your program is interested in achieving 100% status for 2014-2015 and joining the ranks of this exclusive club!
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>>Preserved Working Memory and Altered Brain Activation in Persons at Risk for Psychosis
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Alterations observed in task-related functional imaging in individuals at risk of psychosis involve several brain networks.
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||What part of the frontal lobe facilitates switching between the task-positive central network and task-negative default mode network?
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>>Medicaid Claims Yield Clinical Flags
Recent Medicaid claims are a useful tool for real-time treatment planning, allowing clinicians to identify patients at higher risk of rehospitalization and link them with mobile outreach and assertive community treatment. Claims for previous hospitalizations and other "clinical flags" were strongly predictive of rehospitalization.
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