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Have You Checked Your 'Sunshine Act' Data Yet?

SunshineThe clock is running out to register on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' Open Payments system and verify the accuracy of data on payments and gifts you may have received from the pharmaceutical and medical-device industries. The reporting database is required by the Physician Payment Sunshine Act as part of the Affordable Care Act. The deadline to dispute 2013 data is September 8, and the website is scheduled to go live to the public on September 30. If you have not yet done so, you are urged to register for access to the Open Payments system and review your information. Click here for instructions.

2015 Annual Meeting Abstracts Submission Deadline Approaching

2015 Annual Meeting logoThe deadline for abstract submissions for APA's 2015 annual meeting is at 11:59 p.m. (EDT) on September 9. 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.

Join Your Colleagues in APA's 'Engage 2014' and Make a Difference

Engage 2014Since the launch of APA's Engage 2014 initiative earlier this month, more than 100 APA members have signed up to participate. Getting involved in the legislative and political process has never been easier: you can send an electronic message to your member of Congress; APA's Department of Government Relations (DGR) will help you schedule a meeting in your district with your representative; and DGR can provide you with talking points and tips for your activities. To obtain more information on Engage 2014 and to learn how you can get involved between now and Election Day, click here.

Give a Kick-Start to Your Job Search

Virtual Career Fair APA invites you to attend its JobCentral Virtual Career Fair on Thursday, September 4 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. JobCentral has been connecting employers and exceptional psychiatrists since early 2012. By hosting this virtual event, APA wants to start that initial conversation between each recruiting department and those searching for that perfect career without having to leave their home or office. As a job seeker, you will be able to interact live with recruiters and HR departments at each virtual booth. You are able to share your resume and schedule second-round interviews. APA JobCentral is also offering a 20% discount coupon on all American Psychiatric Publishing products for fair attendees. The code to activate the coupon will be emailed to you after the conclusion of the fair. Register here.

David Satcher, M.D., Ph.D., to Be Keynote Speaker at IPS

David SatcherFormer U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher, M.D., Ph.D., will be the keynote speaker at the opening session of APA's 2014 Institute on Psychiatric Services in San Francisco. The theme of this year's meeting, which is being held October 30 to November 2, is "Integrating Science and Care in a New Era of Population Health." To obtain more information and to register, click here.

Register for Free Webinar on Buprenorphine Diversion and Misuse

Gregory Fritz, M.D. "Buprenorphine Diversion and Misuse: Implications for Policy and Practice" is a two-part webinar scheduled for September 9 and 24. The september 9 webinar will discuss multiple aspects of medication misuse and diversion, with a focus on risk factors at the patient, provider, and public policy level. It will compare rates of diversion and misuse of buprenorphine with those of other pharmaceutical products, such as antibiotics, as well as with other opioids; describe the role of opioid pharmacology in misuse; and review consequences of these behaviors and strategies to mitigate them. The september 24 webinar will continue the focus on diversion and misuse through clinical case reviews.

Research Opportunities Available for Young Investigators

Young doctorAPA administers an array of awards for residents and early and senior career psychiatrists in support of psychiatric research careers to help ensure the continued scientific advancement of the field. For details about each program, including application guidelines and submission information, click here.

Medicare Providers: Time to Re-Up

medicareCMS is continuing its effort to have Medicare providers revalidate their enrollment information. If you receive a revalidation request from your Medicare administrative contractor, be sure to respond by the deadline; otherwise, your Medicare reimbursements will stop. For information on revalidation, click here.

Nominations Invited for the Frank J. Menolascino Award

Frank J. MenolascinoAPA invites nominations for the 2015 Frank J. Menolascino Award for Psychiatric Services for Persons With Intellectual Developmental Disorders and Developmental Disabilities. The award recognizes an APA member who has made significant contributions to psychiatric services for individuals with intellectual developmental disorders and developmental disabilities through direct clinical services and/or dissemination of knowledge in this field through teaching or research. September 15 is the deadline for receipt of all nominations. For additional information, click here.

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Call for Papers for International Congress

WPA 2015 Dinesh Bhugra, M.B.B.S., and Eliot Sorel, M.D., invite APA members to submit their scientific proposals for the WPA 2015 Bucharest International Congress, which is being held June 24 to 27 in the Palace of the Parliament in Bucharest. Bhurga is president of this historic congress, and Sorel is the cochair of the congress's Scientific Committee. The theme of the congress is "Primary Care Mental Health: Innovation and Transdisciplinarity." APA President Paul Summergrad, M.D., will present one of the keynote addresses. For more information, click here.


The Affordable Care Act Awards Over $35 Million to Support Patient-Centered Medical Homes in Health Centers

Sylvia BurwellThe Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced $35.7 million in Affordable Care Act funding to 147 health centers in 44 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico to support patient-centered medical homes through new construction and facility renovations. "Health centers provide access to quality health care for millions of Americans regardless of their ability to pay," said HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell. "We're making these investments so that health centers will be able to provide even higher quality services to the patients that rely upon them." The awards will support 21 new construction projects and 126 alteration and renovation projects at health centers across the United States. Read more.

Publications From American Psychiatric Publishing

Psychiatric News
N.Y. Child Psychiatry Divisions Fill Gap in Collaborative Care Model

David Kaye, M.D. and Susan Reed, M.D., M.P.H.Five university-based divisions of child and adolescent psychiatry (CAP) in New York state are collaborating to provide education and consultation to primary care physicians around issues related to mental health care of their patients.

The Child and Adolescent Psychiatry for Primary Care (CAP-PC) initiative, supported by a grant from the New York State Office of Mental Health, funds the CAP divisions from the University at Buffalo, Columbia University, Hofstra North Shore/LIJ School of Medicine, University of Rochester, and SUNY Upstate Medical University (Syracuse) to provide phone, face-to-face, and telepsychiatric consultation to pediatricians and family physicians caring for children in more than 90 percent of the state. Read more.

For other Psychiatric News articles on integrated care, click here.

American Journal of Psychiatry
A Randomized Trial of Collaborative Depression Care in Obstetrics and Gynecology Clinics: Socioeconomic Disadvantage and Treatment Response

AJP coverThe authors of this study found that a collaborative depression care intervention in an OB-GYN setting improved the outcomes of women who were uninsured or who relied on public coverage. Read more.


Share Your Opinion

Lara Cox, M.D., M.S.From Lara Cox, M.D., APA's resident-fellow member (RFM) trustee:

As your RFM trustee, I oversee the Residents' Forum in Psychiatric News and would like to invite you to participate in this column. Columns reflect the perspective or opinions of RFMs on matters that are important to us as trainees and beginning clinicians and provide an opportunity to get published early in your career. The length of the column should be 500-600 words.

If you have any questions or would like to send a submission, please contact me at larajcox.apa@gmail.com. Also, I look forward to hearing from you about any RFM issues in general. Thank you!

Interested in Serving on APA's Board of Trustees?

CheckboxAPA is now seeking nominations for the position of resident-fellow member (RFM) trustee-elect for APA's 2015 election. The RFM who holds this position on the Board of Trustees serves one year as the RFM trustee-elect and advances the next year to RFM trustee. The only requirements are that you are an APA member and that you will be in training (residency or fellowship) for the duration of the term. The deadline for nominations is Wednesday, October 1. As RFM trustee, you will have the privilege of serving as the voice for residents and fellows across the country. For more information, visit apa national elections or apa residents' leadership opportunities. Inquiries and nomination materials can be sent to election@psych.org. If you have any questions about the experience of being the RFM trustee, please email me at larajcox.apa@gmail.com.

August Residents' Journal Now Available

Residents' JournalThis issue includes an article on the clinical features of REM sleep behavior disorder, how it is diagnosed, and treatment options, as well as a treatment in psychiatry article providing data on the evaluation and management of agitation and aggression in patients with traumatic brain injury. One case report emphasizes the benefits of a preoperative dose of olanzapine administered to a patient with a history of postoperative delirium, and another discusses successful continuation of an ECT course following tardive spontaneous seizure in a patient with major depressive disorder. A commentary provides insight into the state of global psychiatry, and a film review underscores the importance of reducing stigma in adolescent mental illness.

Have Your Residency Training Program Join the APA 100% Club

100% ClubThe 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.


Participate in AJP's Journal Club

AJP CoverThe goal of the Journal Club is to facilitate the study of a major article in an APA scholarly journal and discuss it with other psychiatrists. A series of questions following a description of the article will help readers focus on its main points.

>>Repeated Δ9-Tetrahydrocannabinol Exposure in Adolescent Monkeys: Persistent Effects Selective for Spatial Working Memory
Christopher D. Verrico, Ph.D., et al. (April 2014)

Adolescent rhesus monkeys administered THC five days a week for six months showed less practice-related improvement than unexposed monkeys on a test measuring working memory of spatial relationships. The exposed and unexposed monkeys did not differ in memory of colored objects. The discrepancy between spatial and object memory effects may stem from different developmental trajectories of underlying brain circuits.

Discussion Questions:

1. Why is studying the effects of THC working memory in adolescent monkeys particularly relevant for understanding its effects on adolescent humans?
2. What brain areas do these findings indirectly implicate as underlying the persistent effects of THC on working memory?
3. What support do these findings provide for adolescent cannabis use as a risk factor for the appearance of schizophrenia?


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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.


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