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APA Offers Webinar to Prepare You for MACRA Changes

Webinar The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) permanently repealed the old Medicare SGR formula and set in motion entirely new programs for quality reporting and new payment models. What will this mean for your practice? On Wednesday, June 29, from noon to 1 p.m., APA will host a live, free webinar to educate you about several key features of MACRA. Click here to register for this event.

The APA designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Registration Now Open for IPS: The Mental Health Services Conference

IPS Join over 1,500 mental health professionals in Washington, D.C., for this four-day event, October 6 to 9, featuring more than 100 scientific sessions led by top experts in clinical psychiatry and service delivery. Register by July 21 to receive the early-bird rate! To obtain more information and register, click here.

APA Advocacy Wins Coverage of Medicare Claims for Certain Diagnoses

Medicare Claims for some 40 diagnostic codes submitted by mental health practitioners participating in the Medicare Part B program in 12 states and the District of Columbia will no longer be denied, after the Medicare carrier in those states—responding to APA advocacy on behalf of clinicians—updated its Local Coverage Determinations (LCD) to include the codes. Read more.

APA Publishing Launches Website on Gun Violence

Angels In response to recent national events involving gun violence, APA Publishing has created a website with resources relating to gun violence and mental health to help dispel the myths that the two issues are closely linked and to provide educational resources to psychiatrists interested in this area. The site contains links to articles in Psychiatric News, American Journal of Psychiatry, and Psychiatric Services; free access to key chapters in books from APA Publishing; and interviews with experts on gun violence. Click here to visit the website.

2016 PQRS GPRO Registration Open Through June 30

CMS Groups of two or more eligible professionals can avoid the -2.0% CY 2018 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) payment adjustment by meeting the satisfactory reporting criteria through the 2016 PQRS Group Reporting Option (GPRO). The Physician Value-PQRS (PV-PQRS) Registration System is now open through June 30 for groups to select a GPRO reporting mechanism. More information is available on the pqrs payment adjustment information web page. Questions? Contact Samantha Shugarman at sshugarman@psych.org.

Webinar Aims to Expand Access to Treatment of Substance Use Disorders

Webinar APA is presenting the webinar “Using The ECHO Model to Expand Access to Treatment of Substance Use Disorders” on July 12. Presenters will discuss how Project ECHO aims to develop capacity to effectively treat people with common, complex diseases in rural and underserved areas. The ECHO model uses videoconferencing to simultaneously connect multiple primary care physicians (PCPs) with a team of academic specialists and builds PCPs’ capacity via mentorship and case-based learning. Register here.

WPA to Hold First International Congress in South Africa

WPA The World Psychiatric Association (WPA) and the South African Society of Psychiatrists (SASOP) are hosting the WPA-International Congress in Cape Town from November 18 to 22 on the theme “Psychiatry: Integrative Care for the Community.” The president of the congress is WPA President Prof. Dinesh Bhugra, and the congress director is SASOP President Dr. Mvuyiso Talatala. This is the first time a WPA international congress is being held in South Africa; it is expected to attract over 3,000 psychiatrists and other mental health professionals from around the world.To obtain more information and to register, click here.

World Association of Social Psychiatry to Hold Meeting in New Delhi

Taj Mahal Register now for the 22nd World Congress for Social Psychiatry, which is being held in New Delhi, India, from November 30 to December 4. The theme of the Congress is “Social Psychiatry in a Rapidly Changing World.” To obtain more information and to register, click here.

APA Releases Telepsychiatry Toolkit

Toolkit With a robust evidence base that shows telepsychiatry leads to improved outcomes and higher patient satisfaction ratings, policymakers, payers, and providers are increasingly considering ways to implement and use telepsychiatry. APA’s new video-based “Telepsychiatry Toolkit” is designed to help psychiatrists learn more about various aspects of telepsychiatry, including clinical, training, and policy considerations, as well as how it can be used for team-based integrated care. As new topics emerge, more resources and information will be added to this toolkit.

In Memoriam

Candle APA honors members whose deaths were reported from January 1, 2016, to April 30, 2016.

June’s Course of the Month Available

CME Each month APA makes available a free CME course exclusive to members only through its Learning Center. June’s selection is “Advances in Psychodynamic Psychiatry: The Classification of Personality Disorders: New Developments.” Click here for more information.


APA Frank J. Menolascino Award

ABPN Do you know an APA member whose work in intellectual disorders or developmental disabilities is deserving of recognition? Nominate that person for APA’s 2017 Frank J. Menolascino Award. The deadline has been extended to July 1. click here for more information.

ABPN Faculty Innovation in Education Awards

ABPN The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) has posted application information about the 2017-2018 Faculty Innovation in Education Awards on its website.

This award supports the development of innovative education and/or evaluation projects that promote effective residency/fellowship training or lifelong learning of practicing psychiatrists and neurologists. The 2017-2018 application and requested materials are due to the ABPN by August 15. The awards will be announced by November 15. More details, including the application and additional applicant information, are available on the ABPN website.


Ready to Take the Next Step in Your Career?

FAPAbecome a fellow of APA and earn the FAPA designation. APA Fellows are committed to psychiatry and the ongoing work of APA. Be among the prestigious 25% of APA general membership. There are no additional fees or dues payments—just complete the application.

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
Addressing Mental Illness Biases Should Start Early in Training

Heidi CombsStudies indicate that physicians suffer from depression at a rate significantly higher than those in other professions. Moreover, physicians attempt and complete suicide at rates significantly higher than the general population. Why don’t physicians seek help? Read more.

Psychiatric Services
Implementation of Integrated Health Homes for Persons With Serious Mental Illness in Los Angeles County

Psychiatric ServicesIn this study of two health home models, clients in programs that provided better integration of care showed greater improvements in physical and mental health and higher rates of screening for common chronic conditions. They also had greater reductions in hypertension but a worrisome increase in prediabetes and diabetes. Read more.


The Forgotten Island

Héctor Colón-Rivera, M.D.In the current Residents’ Forum, Héctor Colón-Rivera, M.D., discusses APA’s second Mental Health Awareness Tour to the island of Vieques, a municipality of Puerto Rico, and the steps that need to be taken by mental health professionals to make an impact on rural communities. Read more.

Read the Latest AJP Residents’ Journal

Residents JournalThe June issue of the Residents’ Journal includes an editorial on the role of residents in the opioid epidemic; articles on nicotine replacement therapy, and treatment of heavy-drinking smokers; a commentary on adolescent use of marijuana; and a look back on opium use in 19th-Century Britain.


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• Nominations Invited

• Membership Benefits You!

• Integrated Care: What It Means to You

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Possible Pathway Discovered for Ketamine’s Antidepressant Effects

Child Psychiatrists Look at Specialty From Both Macro, Micro Perspectives

Baseline Somatization May Predict Sports-Related Concussion Recovery

Hospitalizations Among Veterans Rise After FDA Issues Citalopram Warning

Psychiatric Comorbidities May Emerge Before Cancer Diagnosis



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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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Psychiatric Services

Psychiatric Services

PSDedicated Clinics Help VA Increase Clozapine Prescribing
VA facilities with the highest use of clozapine operated dedicated clozapine clinics with multidisciplinary staff to monitor side effects and manage the challenging regimen associated with use of the drug, the treatment of choice for treatment-resistant schizophrenia.

PSAdaptable Employees Less Tolerant of Workplace Stress
As workplace stress levels rise at community health facilities, staff who are usually the most adaptable and prepared become less committed to the organization compared with less adaptable employees.

PSIntermediate Services Fall Short of Expectations
Partial hospitalization and other intermediate services were not associated with reductions in behavioral health readmissions or emergency visits after inpatient hospitalization, despite expectations that these services can serve as a bridge to outpatient care.


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