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Help Get Mental Health Reform Passed

US Capitol The House of Representatives passed the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act of 2016 (HR 2646) by an overwhelming majority of 422-2 earlier this month. There is now promising momentum to see this legislation passed into law this year, but your help is needed. As Congress sets off on its month-long August recess, APA urges you to contact your senators (junior senator and senior senator) to encourage them to bring the mental health reform act of 2016 to the floor immediately and vote YES on S 2680. Read more.

APA’s Fall Conference Will Sharpen Your Skills, Prepare You for Future

DC APA’s fall conference—IPS: The Mental Health Services Conference—will be held October 6 to 9 in Washington, D.C. Gain new skills through in-depth training in addiction psychiatry, quality and measurement, psychopharmacology, technology in health care, integrated care, and more. Advance registration fees are now in effect. Come enjoy the nation’s capital at this picturesque time of year! view session tracks and more.

CMS Extends Deadline for IPF, Inpatient Elective Delivery Measures

CMS.gov The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has extended the data submission deadline for the Fiscal 2017 Inpatient Psychiatric Facility Quality Reporting Program measures and for the first-quarter 2016 Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting Program elective delivery measure due to the late start of web-based data collection. Participating providers may now submit the data via the web-based measures tools at the qualitynet secure portal through August 26 at 11:59 p.m. PT. The data submission deadline for hospital inpatient chart-abstracted clinical measures and health care–associated infection measures remains August 15.

CMS encourages providers to submit data at least two days early to allow time to address any submission issues. For further assistance, providers should contact the outreach and education support team and submit any changes to their contact information using the contact change form.

How Can You Embrace Shared Decision Making?

Care for Your Mind Shared decision making changes the doctor-patient dynamic, empowering patients with more information and more authority to choose their treatment in collaboration with their provider. John Williams, M.D., a professor of medicine and psychiatry at Duke University, explains why shared decision making should be used more and how you can embrace it in a recent Care for Your Mind post. Read more. Also, you are encouraged to participate in the poll “who decides your mental health treatment?


Nominations Sought for APA’s 2017 Election

APA All APA members are invited to submit nominations for APA’s 2017 election for the offices of president-elect and secretary. APA members in Areas 2 and 5 are invited to submit nominations for trustees in their respective Areas. Resident-fellow members are invited to submit nominations for resident-fellow member trustee-elect. Nominations should include the full name of the APA member and the corresponding office(s) for which the individual is being nominated and be submitted by October 1 to election@psych.org.

APA is also accepting nominations for the minority/underrepresented (M/UR) trustee. Nominees must be a member of one of the seven Assembly M/UR caucuses as of June 15 (American Indian/Alaska Native/Native Hawaiian; Asian American; Black; Hispanic; Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual; International Medical Graduate; and Women). Nominations for M/UR trustee should be submitted by August 15 to election@psych.org. More information about APA’s 2017 election is available here.

Child and Geriatric Psychiatry Awards

Awards Do you know someone whose work in child or geriatric psychiatry deserves recognition? Nominations are being sought for several APA awards focusing on service and achievement in child or geriatric psychiatry. Excellence in leadership, prevention, research, policy, and/or advocacy are just a few of the areas that these awards recognize. APA awards are a great way to recognize your colleagues who are working effectively to advance the field of psychiatry and mental health. Nominate your colleague by the August 1 deadline here.


It’s Time for a Vacation! Visit APA Marketplace

VacationWith so many great discounts on travel, it's time to take that trip you've been dreaming about. As an APA member, you can save on car rentals, hotels, trips, and more! The APA Marketplace is an exclusive group of programs that deliver real savings to you on travel products, services, and more. Take advantage of discounted or group rates, as well as many exclusive specials and deals. Visit the apa marketplace today.

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
Collaborative Care Model Prepares Psychiatrists for Value-Based Care

Changing PracticePsychiatrists trained in collaborative care will be better prepared to meet the demands of the changing health care system. Read more.

Psychiatric Services
Bringing Wellness to Schools: Opportunities for and Challenges to Mental Health Integration in School-Based Health Centers

Psychiatric ServicesProviders at 14 school-based health centers in a large, urban school district described a range of models implemented to integrate primary and mental health care. Staffing and operations, partnerships, and engagement were key factors influencing the integration of mental health in caring for highly underserved populations. Read more.


Insider’s Guide to APA This Year

Stella Cai, M.D.In this month’s Residents’ Forum, Stella Cai, M.D., shares tips on how to get involved with APA to build your professional experience and network with other colleagues. Read more.

Residents Want to Learn Psychotherapy: Thoughts on Supervision

Katherine KennedyA 2014 survey by J.G. Kovach, M.D., and colleagues published in Academic Psychiatry revealed surprising news: “Psychiatry residents want more psychotherapy education than they are receiving.” Despite their hectic schedules, anticipated managed care roadblocks, and biologically focused research, psychiatry residents are hungry to learn psychotherapy. What’s more, the survey found that supervision supersedes coursework, readings, and their personal psychotherapy as psychiatry residents’ favorite way to learn. Read more.


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• Nominations Invited

• Membership Benefits You!

• Integrated Care: What It Means to You

• For Residents and Fellows



Human Trafficking Should Be on Psychiatrists’ Radar

ECT Said to Be Valid Alternative for Elderly Patients With Depression

Study Finds Less or No Medication After Psychosis Fosters Recovery

Psychiatrists Have a Role to Play in Latest Gun Law Debates

Atypical Depression: What’s in a Name?


Iowa Passes Psychologist Rx Law

AMA Calls for End of Ban on CDC Research on Gun Violence

AMA Updates Ethics, Addresses Zika, Juvenile Justice, Other Issues

Slavitt Says CMS Is Determined to Listen to Physicians

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Clinical Manual of Cultural Psychiatry, Second Edition

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Psychiatric Services

Psychiatric Services

PSPosthumous Accounting Reveals Widespread ‘Hidden Homelessness’
A majority of Philadelphia’s homeless decedents were part of the “hidden homeless,” individuals who make little or no use of services for homeless people and who are rarely counted in point-in-time estimates of homelessness.

PSFeasible, but Affordable? Adaptation of a Finnish FEP Model
A one-year study of a home-based Finnish model for treatment of first-episode psychosis (FEP) suggests that the model could be successfully adapted in the United States if insurers could be persuaded to cover the program’s significant costs in training and time.

PSSelf-Rated Health Top Predictor of Depression Outcomes
Fair or poor self-rated health was by far the strongest predictor of outcomes among patients receiving usual care for depression at a primary care clinic in Minnesota. Sixty-three percent of patients with fair or poor health had not experienced remission or improvement after six months of treatment.

American Journal of Psychiatry

American Journal of Psychiatry

Prevention of Firearm Suicide in the United States: What Works and What Is Possible
This review of recent data on firearm availability and risk of suicide finds that most firearm suicides involve guns purchased years earlier and that legislation reducing firearm ownership in other countries has lowered firearm suicide rates. In the United States, targeted initiatives have included gun violence restraining orders, smart guns, and gun safety campaigns.

Pain as a Predictor of Opioid Use Disorder
Researchers compare rates of abuse of prescription opioid medication among individuals with varying levels of pain. They find that increasing levels of pain-related interference in daily activities relates to increasing risk for abuse of prescription opioids but that prescription opioid use disorder at baseline was not associated with disabling pain at three-year follow-up.

A Novel Pathological Basis for Dysfunctions and Deficits in Schizophrenia
This study identifies perturbations in the connections of neurons comparing postmortem brains of individuals with schizophrenia and comparison subjects. Specifically, the researchers found that excitatory synapse density is lower selectively on parvalbumin interneurons in schizophrenia and predicts the activity-dependent down-regulation of parvalbumin and GAD67.


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