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What’s New at the APA

Wednesday, July 20, 2016   (0 Comments)
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What’s New at the APA 

·         APA, along with the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American College of Physicians, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, called on Congress to address the public health epidemic of  gun violence in the wake of the recent mass shooting in Orlando. The physicians groups banded together to urge congress to fund research by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention into the causes of and ways to prevent gun violence. You can read more about this effort here.

·         APA urged the House of Representatives to take the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act, aka H.R. 2646, after it was passed by the House Energy and Commerce Committee. You can read more about H.R. 2646 and comprehensive mental health reform here.

·         APA member  Patrice M. Harris, M.D., began her tenure as Chair of the American Medical Association’s  Board of Trustees. Dr. Harris was elected Chair-elect in June 2015 and has served on the AMA Board since 2011. You can read more about her work leading the AMA BOT here.

·         Daniel Gillison was named new Executive Director of the American Psychiatric Association Foundation (APAF).  Gillison joins the APAF, the philanthropic and public education arm of the APA, from the National Association of Counties (NACo), where he was the National Director of County Solutions and Innovation. For more information on Mr. Gillison, read APA’s news release announcing the start of his tenure here.

·         APA disseminated a blog about coping with tragedy in the wake of the shootings in Orlando. The resiliency and coping strategies contained within this blog can be applied to other events, such as natural disasters or other potentially traumatic incidents. You can read that blog here, and find all of APA’s blogs in our Newsroom here.


Mark Your Calendar


·         National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

·         APA Assembly Executive Committee (July 22-24)


Briefs For Your Newsletter


Medicare Part B Codes Updated in 12 States, Washington, D.C.; Denied Claims to be Retroactively Honored

Medicare carriers in 12 states and Washington, D.C. have responded to APA advocacy by updating their Local Coverage Determination (LCD) to include 42 diagnostic codes submitted by psychiatrists and other mental health practitioners participating in Medicare Part B. Claims relating to these codes will no longer be denied. Moreover, claims submitted by psychiatrists since Dec. 31, 2015 that had been denied will be retroactively approved and paid. The following jurisdictions  are affected: Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and three jurisdictions in Virginia: Arlington and Fairfax Counties, and the City of Alexandria.


July Members’ Course of the Month: Updates in Neuropsychiatry

Each month, members receive free access to a CME course on a trending topic. Most take less than 30 minutes to complete, perfect for over lunch. The July course is Updates in Neuropsychiatry: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome – What Electrophysiology and Neuroimaging Can Tell Us About Its Pathophysiology. Take the course today and view the upcoming Members’ Course schedule.


New 100% Club Benefits Announced

APA’s 100% Club is designed to support psychiatric residents while promoting a collaborative community of training programs throughout the United States and Canada. This year, we’ve revamped the 100% Club benefits to provide more day-to-day value for residency programs. Check out the new 2016-2017 benefits, and how to earn your status!


Guide to Surviving Residency a Great Resource for New Psychiatry Residents
Written by residents and fellows, for residents and fellows, to help with the day-to-day challenges of training. The online Guide offers practical advice on more than 50 topics – ranging from surviving on call and writing effective notes, to subspecialty training and negotiating for that first post-residency job. View the Guide


Explore New Telepsychiatry Toolkit
The use of video-based telepsychiatry helps meet patients’ needs for convenient, affordable and readily-accessible mental health services. APA is helping psychiatrists learn about and adopt telepsychiatry through its Committee on Telepsychiatry, and the Telepsychiatry Toolkit. The Toolkit features leading psychiatrists covering history, training, practice/clinical, reimbursement and legal issues. Explore the Toolkit

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