FDA Extends Deadlines for Clozapine REMS Program
The FDA is extending deadlines for provider and pharmacy certification for participation in the Clozapine Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS). In an announcement issued last week, the FDA said it is indefinitely extending the deadlines due to technical and other problems associated with the Clozapine REMS. New deadlines will be issued after further evaluation by the administration. The FDA is also evaluating next steps regarding the December 14 pre-dispense authorization launch. Read more.
Medicare Enrollment Period Now Open for Changing Status
The annual open enrollment period for Medicare providers and suppliers ends December 31. Open enrollment gives nonparticipating providers an opportunity to become participating providers and vice versa. If you are a participating provider and have been receiving cuts in your Medicare reimbursement because you don’t have an approved electronic health records system or have failed to participate in the Physician Quality Reporting System, you may be able to recoup some of that income by becoming a nonparticipating provider. The effective date of changes submitted during the open enrollment period is January 1. Read more.
APA Responds to CMS Request for Information on Implementing MACRA
Representing APA, CEO and Medical Director Saul Levin, M.D., M.P.A., has responded on the Request for Information on Implementation of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA). Effective MACRA implementation is critical for ensuring psychiatrists’ ability to meaningfully participate in Medicare and patients’ access to needed psychiatric care.
Program to Focus on Public Health Approach to Reducing Gun Violence
As the six-month anniversary of the Mother Emanuel A.M.E. shooting approaches, national and local leaders are coming together to discuss the gun violence crisis in South Carolina and our nation. On December 4 at the Mother Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, S.C., presenters will discuss the impact of guns on our citizens, communities, and economy through the lens of research-based evidence. Liza Gold, M.D., will represent APA on a panel on mental illness and guns. She is the author of Gun Violence and Mental Illness, which members can purchase at a discount from APA Publishing. Register for the free program here.
Clinical Care Through Use of Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs Webinar
Prescription drug abuse is a national epidemic affecting individuals, families, and communities. To combat this major public health crisis, states have passed Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) legislation. This webinar will detail PDMPs and demonstrate how they can be most effective. To obtain more information and to register, click here.
SAMHSA Seeks Chief Medical Officer to Address MH Issues at Federal Level
Here is an opportunity to maximize the reach of your medical knowledge and skills by becoming a part of a federal agency that seeks to improve the mental health of all Americans. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is recruiting for the position of chief medical officer in its Office of Policy, Planning, and Innovation in Rockville, Md. Among the positon’s major responsibilities are advising SAMHSA’s Advisory Committee on a range of medical and scientific policy questions, providing expert advice on medical considerations and related matters that impact on program plans and/or goals, and participating in national meetings and symposia involving experts and leaders in behavioral health. Click here for more details and application information. Read the blog by APA CEO and Medical Director Saul Levin, M.D., M.P.A., on why it’s important for a psychiatrist to provide medical leadership at SAMHSA.
APA Annual Meeting, May 14-18, Atlanta, Ga.
Mark Your Calendars to Reserve Hotel Room Early!
APA members will have an exclusive opportunity to register for APA’s 2016 annual meeting and reserve their hotel room beginning Tuesday, December 1. Don’t delay—be sure to get housing at your first-choice hotel and register for courses that always fill fast. Nonmember registration begins on December 15. The annual meeting site goes live on December 1.
Submit Your New Research Posters and Young Investigator Posters
APA is now accepting submissions for New Research Posters and Young Investigator Posters for the 2016 annual meeting. The deadline for submissions is midnight on December 9. For more information, click here.
Get Discount Tickets for Georgia Aquarium
In anticipation of APA’s 2016 annual meeting in Atlanta, the Georgia Aquarium is offering all 2016 annual meeting attendees a special discount. The discount is good on general admission (total ticket) and Animal Encounters. To obtain more information and to purchase tickets, click here.
Apply for the 2016 Research Colloquium for Junior Investigators
Attention psychiatry residents, fellows, and early career psychiatrists—apply now for the 2016 Colloquium in Atlanta, to be held in conjunction with APA’s annual meeting. The Colloquium provides a one-day, immersive, research experience for junior investigators in psychiatry and represents an important opportunity for mentorship, guidance, information on research career development and grantsmanship, and networking. Successful applicants will receive $1,000 travel stipends to discuss their research in a small-group setting with distinguished senior leaders in psychiatric research. Pre-application technical assistance is available. Click here for more details and an application. For any questions, contact email@example.com. The deadline is December 15.
See How Much You Can Save!
When you sign up for the Lump Sum Dues program, you’ll pay a one-time amount and never pay APA national dues again! It’s a hassle-free way to save, and you’ll avoid future dues increases and inflation. Click here to learn about possible tax benefits and see how much you can save. Lump Sum Dues amounts will increase in 2016, so sign up today!
APA Members-Only Malpractice Insurance Program
The APA members-only Malpractice Insurance Program, administered by American Professional Agency Inc. (APA Inc.), is a program for mental health professionals, specifically psychiatrists. APA Inc. has been insuring psychiatrists for more than 30 years and offers members risk-management consultation services staffed by experienced professionals, as well as additional discounts and benefits. For more information regarding insurance rates and coverage, visit american professional agency Inc.
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Improving the Reach and Effectiveness of Integrated Care
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Resident as Advocate: Extending Your Commitment
As a resident committed to improving the well-being of people with mental illness through local, state, and federal action, Luming Li, M.D., encourages you to consider getting involved in this work. Why? Many major issues are facing the profession of psychiatry and its patients today. Your efforts will help ensure the future viability of psychiatry and fair reimbursement for services, protect patients’ rights, and help patients get access to the care they need. Read more.
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Intervention Found to Reduce Antipsychotic Use in People With Dementia, but Emphasis Needed on Nonpharmacological Interventions
This randomized, controlled trial evaluates the effects of an antipsychotic review process, social interaction, and exercise interventions in people with dementia living in nursing homes. While the antipsychotic review and social interaction interventions reduced mortality, they also produced signs of worse mental health profiles, compared with groups who received neither intervention. Exercise improved mental health profiles, but none of these three interventions reduced agitation or depression.
Prompt Follow-Up Improves Collaborative Care for Depression
Patients at community health centers who received timely follow-up by care managers within four weeks of beginning depression treatment had significantly better outcomes after six months compared with patients who did not receive prompt follow-up.
A Rise in Not Otherwise Specified Diagnoses
The proportion of all mental health visits by adults to office-based physicians that involved an NOS diagnosis has increased significantly, accounting for 50% of visits in the period 2007 to 2010.
Prescribing of SSRIs Falls Short of Recommendations
Less than one-third of children prescribed an SSRI start with a low dose, contrary to guidelines issued in the wake of a 2004 FDA black-box warning of the increased risk of suicidality among children who are treated with these drugs.
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