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As a District Branch of the American Psychiatric Association (APA), the Illinois Psychiatric Society has served as the voice of
psychiatry in Illinois for more than 60 years, representing approximately 1100 physician members trained in the treatment of mental illness.

 

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IPS - Ethics Overview - September 29, 2015
IPS Mentoring Event - October 8, 2015
IPS Fall Educational Event - November 7, 2015

 

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Time to Review Your Sunshine Act 2014 Payment Records
A 45-day window opens today (April 6) for physicians and teaching hospitals to review and dispute any incorrect data that pharmaceutical companies, biological makers, and device makers have reported about them to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) as part of the Open Payments program.  Click here for more.

Government Warns Physicians They Will Be Penalized For Not Using Electronic Medical Records
In a 1,500-word article, USA Today (2/2, Ungar, O'Donnell) reports that physicians “are being warned by the federal government that they’ll soon be penalized for not using electronic medical records, prompting a backlash from those who say the technology is fraught with problems.”  Click here for more.

New Billing Code to be used for Medicare beneficiaries
Medicare beneficiaries with multiple chronic conditions account for a significant portion of total program expenditures, but effectively managing these patients has proved challenging for clinicians and policymakers alike. Click here for more information.

IPS Points Out Rigors of Psychologist Prescribing Law
The Illinois Psychiatric Society has received questions about the specifics of the psychologist prescribing bill that was passed in Illinois last May. Meryl Sosa, executive director of the IPS, has provided a chart comparing a version of the pre-passage bill with the bill that became law. "IPS was able to create a bill that requires extremely rigorous education comparable to that of a physician assistant," wrote Linda Gruenberg, M.D., in a recent issue of the IPS newsletter. "The bill includes restrictions on the patient populations that they may treat as well as restrictions on the medications that they may prescribe. Further, the bill requires additional oversight by physicians through a collaborative agreement." The chart can be accessed here.

Revised APA Practice Guidelines
The Revised APA Practice Guidelines for Psychiatric Evaluation are now available online at:  http://www.psychiatry.org/practice/clinical-practice-guidelines/draft-guidelines-on-psychiatric-evaluation. You will be prompted to use your member number to sign-in to access the Web page.

Handbook for Providers of Pharmacy Services
Four Prescription Policy Exception- Antipsychotics

APA Launches HIPAA Privacy Rule Compliance Manual
This week APA released its updated HIPAA Privacy Rule Manual, a Guide for Psychiatric Practices. The manual includes step by step instructions, checklists, template forms and patient notices, frequently asked questions, a thorough explanation of the regulations, and cross references to useful APA developed materials on issues including treatment of psychotherapy notes and 'minimum necessary' disclosure standards. The manual is a offered as a free benefit for only APA members.  Click here for more. 

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Supreme Court Decision Ensures Continued Mental Health Care Coverage for Millions of Americans
ARLINGTON, Va., June 25, 2015 — Today the U.S. Supreme Court upheld tax-credit subsidies for people who purchased health insurance through exchanges run by the federal government. Approximately 6.4 million people in 34 states received subsidies provided by this provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  The American Psychiatric Association (APA) releases the following statement from APA President Renée Binder, M.D., in response to today’s decision in King v. Burwell: “We are pleased that the Supreme Court upheld subsidies for more than 6 million people,” Binder said. “Today’s decision means these Americans will continue to receive vital mental health benefits as guaranteed by the ACA. As the physician experts and leaders in mental health treatment, we know there can be no health care without mental health care. The King v. Burwell ruling ensures that millions of Americans will continue to have access to these critical services.”  The ACA requires all plans sold through the insurance exchanges to cover mental illness and substance use disorders on par with other medical and surgical benefits. This and other provisions in the law have expanded access to mental health treatment and ensured better care for those with mental illnesses. “We will continue to work with Congress, the Administration and the medical community to ensure that mental illness and substance use disorders are treated the same as other illnesses as outlined in the ACA,” said APA CEO and Medical Director Saul Levin, M.D., M.P.A. The American Psychiatric Association is a national medical specialty society whose physician members specialize in the diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and research of mental illnesses, including substance use disorders. Visit the APA at www.psychiatry.org 

SGR Finally Repealed in Historic Senate Vote 
Congress repealed the sustainable growth rate (SGR) component of the Medicare payment formula last night when the U.S. Senate voted 92-8 to approve the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act. The legislation, which was approved by the House of Representatives two weeks ago, will now go to President Obama, who has already indicated he will sign it.  Click here for more.

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