Obama Signs Law Repealing the SGR Formula
Soon after the Senate voted last week to approve the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, President Obama signed the historic legislation that permanently repeals the flawed sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula and changes the ways physicians will be reimbursed. Without action, physicians would have faced a 21 percent across-the-board payment cut beginning April 15. APA had long advocated for the repeal of the SGR and a better system of payment for physicians. Read more.
Don't Forget: Review Your Sunshine Act Data
You have until May 20 to review and dispute data that pharmaceutical companies, biological makers, and device makers may have reported about you to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for its Open Payments program. The data will be made available to the public beginning June 30. This is the second reporting cycle for the Open Payments program and covers payments made in 2014. Read more.
APA Commends President Obama's Call to Ban Reparative Therapy for LGBT Youth
APA applauds President Obama's call earlier this month to ban the use of so-called "reparative" or "conversion" therapies—practices that seek to change an individual's sexual orientation or gender identity—on minors. Such therapies are at odds with APA's long-held position that homosexuality is not a mental disorder. Read more.
Register for Free Suicide Prevention Webinar on April 29
Registration is open for the free webinar "What Are the Most Effective Services to Treat and Prevent Suicidal Behavior?" Join the national action alliance for suicide prevention's prioritized research task force on April 29, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. EDT for a discussion of advances in efforts to engage individuals at risk for suicide and improve health care transitions for this patient population. To obtain more information and to register, click here.
Join APA's New 'Find a Psychiatrist' Database
APA is offering a new member benefit for psychiatrists practicing in the United States and Canada. They are invited to join a new database being added to APA's website that will enable individuals seeking psychiatric care to locate psychiatrists practicing in their area. The goal is to populate the database, known as "Find a Psychiatrist," in the coming weeks before it goes live on APA's website. To join the database, click here. To view the functionality of the database, click here.
Another addition to APA's website is a staff directory that can be accessed under "Contact Us." Members are encouraged to use the directory to identify staff who may be able to provide needed information or other assistance.
Applications Invited for APA 2015 Achievement Awards
APA's Psychiatric Services Achievement Award Committee is soliciting applications for the 2015 Achievement Awards competition. Innovative programs for people with mental illness or disability that have been in operation for two or more years, have overcome obstacles, and can serve as models for other programs are urged to apply. The deadline is May 20. Information about the award and an online application can be accessed here. For additional information, contact Samantha Hawkins at (703) 907-8612 or email@example.com.
2015 Helping Hands Grant Program Applications Due June 8
The american psychiatric foundation (apf) is accepting applications for its 2015 helping hands grant program. This program awards medical school grants of up to $5,000 for mental health and substance use disorder projects that are created and managed by medical students. These projects can be conducted in partnership with community agencies or in conjunction with ongoing medical school outreach activities. Applications must be postmarked by June 8. To obtain more information or download the application, click here.
Nominations Invited for the 2016 Spurlock Minority Fellowship Achievement Award
April 30 is the deadline to submit nominations for APA/APF's 2016 Jeanne Spurlock Minority Fellowship Achievement Award. This award recognizes the outstanding achievements of former recipients of APA minority fellowships who have made or are making significant contributions to the profession and/or the minority community. More information about the award can be accessed here.
>>ANNUAL MEETING NEWS
APA Annual Meeting, May 16-20, Toronto
Daily Bulletin Preview Now Available
Faxed and mailed registration forms are no longer accepted.
Here's How to Get Most Out of Meeting
The APA Meetings App is now available. Use it to plan your itinerary, get alerts and other last-minute news about the meeting, and stay connected to colleagues at the meeting. Among its features: interactive meeting program, customizable calendar and itinerary builder, exhibitor information, social media updates, and meeting videos. Get it on google play or the apple store.
The preview issue of APA's 2015 annual meeting daily bulletin is now online. The issue will give you a head start on building your annual meeting schedule. Read about some of the meeting's most exciting sessions and local attractions, and take advantage of such online tools as the itinerary planner. Three more Daily Bulletin editions will be published during the annual meeting and distributed to attendees at the Toronto Convention Centre and select local hotels.
Two Special Sessions to Headline the Meeting
Volkow to Present Keynote Lecture
Nora Volkow, M.D., director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, will present the William C. Menninger Memorial Convocation Lecture at APA's annual meeting. The Convocation will be held Monday, May 18, at 5:30 p.m. in Exhibit Hall A, Level 300, in the Toronto Convention Centre's North Building. Volkow has been instrumental in demonstrating that drug addiction is a disease of the human brain and making important contributions to the neurobiology of obesity, ADHD, and aging.
APA President to Lead Dialogue With Helen S. Mayberg, M.D., and Patrick Kennedy
APA President Paul Summergrad, M.D., will be joined in a special conversation following the Opening Session with the Hon. Patrick Kennedy and Helen S. Mayberg, M.D., on neuroscience opportunities in psychiatry, the role of advocacy, and the challenges of talking about complex neuropsychiatric illness and mental health more broadly.
Review the meeting's preliminary program.
Interested in Exhibiting Your Art at the Annual Meeting?
During the annual meeting, don't forget to stop by the APA Art Association Exhibit, where you can browse paintings, photography, ceramics, and crafts created by APA members and/or their spouses or significant others. The exhibit will open on Sunday, May 17, at 10 a.m. in the Registration Area, Level 600, in the Toronto Convention Centre's South Building. For more information about the exhibit, including daily hours and how to get involved with the APA Art Association, see pages 58-59 of the annual meeting information guide. To exhibit artwork at the meeting, contact APA Art Association President Astrid Rusquellas, M.D., by May 1 at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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When was the last time you checked your merchant's statements? Guard your practice against Visa and MasterCard's annual rate increase with a free merchant processing statement analysis using your APA member benefit for credit card processing with TransFirst. Contact transfirst at (800) 613-0148. Or to get started even faster, simply fax your statements to (800) 297-3405. This Rate Lock offer expires May 15 so call or fax today! (Some restrictions apply.)
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Join over one million active members, including 50 percent of U.S. physicians, who use the Epocrates medical reference app to make more confident, efficient decisions in the moment of care. Review drug monographs, drug interaction checker, disease information, and diagnostic tools developed and continuously updated by physicians and pharmacists. American Psychiatric Association members receive 20 percent off Epocrates premium drug and disease content across mobile, tablet, and desktop. Receive your discount here or call (877) 707-4001 and mention discount code ASSN_APA when calling.
>>INTEGRATED CARE: WHAT IT MEANS TO YOU
How Alternative Payment Models Influence Integrated Care
Primary care practices in Oregon and elsewhere have been moving toward the Patient Centered Primary Care Home (PCPCH) model, and Oregon's Alternative Payment Methodology (APM) pilot is an important step to align payment with the principles of integrated care, writes Deborah Cohen, Ph.D., an associate professor of family medicine at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), in a Health Affairs blog. Cohen describes the integration of primary and behavioral health care at 25 sites around the country, including six in Oregon, and the role of payment reform in this process. Read more.
Collaborative Care at Missouri Hospital Improves Treatment of Children With ADHD
Collaborative care is improving long-term behavior of children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) at Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Mo. according to an article online in KMALand. The article describes a study published in pediatrics last month, which found that a team approach involving parents, clinicians, and doctors significantly improved impulsiveness, social skills, and overall behavior among children with ADHD. Read more.
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Legacy of Collaborative Care Pioneer Touches Lives of Many
The field of integrated care recently lost a superb clinician, teacher, and researcher with the passing of Wayne Katon, M.D. read a tribute to this accomplished pioneer, generous mentor, and admired colleague.
>>FOR RESIDENTS AND FELLOWS
Registration Open for Chief Residents' Leadership Conference
Chief residents can get the formal training in organizational, teaching, and leadership issues that they need to carry out their duties successfully at an all-day session planned for them at APA's 2015 annual meeting in Toronto. The session will be held Monday, May 18, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Ontario Room of the Fairmont Royal York Hotel. To register, APA members should use the promo code CRLCM.
Get Involved in AJP Residents' Journal
Residents, fellows, and medical students are invited to attend the American Journal of Psychiatry Residents' Journal workshop at APA's 2015 annual meeting in Toronto. This year's workshop is titled "The American Journal of Psychiatry Residents' Journal: How to Participate." Meet with Residents' Journal editors and editorial staff as well as American Journal of Psychiatry Editor-in-Chief Robert Freedman, M.D. The workshop will be held Sunday, May 17, from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. in Room 202 C-D, Level 200, North Building, Toronto Convention Centre. For further information, send an email to email@example.com. Register now for the meeting.
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