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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 75th Anniversary Celebration
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Sliver of Medicare Doctors Get Big Share of Payouts
A link is included in this article which shows how many Medicare patients a particular physician sees, what they are reimbursed, etc.
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Prescribing Law Tightly Restricts Psychologists' Scope of Practice
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APA Physician Social Media Rules  Click here for article.

An Important Alert from PRMS Regarding Windows XP Users 
Please be advised that Microsoft will no longer maintain Windows XP as of April 8, 2014.* Microsoft will no longer provide security updates, fix bugs, or offer call center support for Windows XP users. What does this mean for you? If you are still using Windows XP in your practice – 28% of all computer users continue to do so – the security of your Protected Health Information (PHI) may be in danger, potentially resulting in liability.  Click here for more information.

Bill is prescription for health risks
Lots of people in Illinois who need medication and treatment for mental illnesses aren’t getting it, and there never will be enough psychiatrists to see all those people individually. But a bill that passed the state Senate last year and likely will come up again in this year’s session to allow a different professional group — psychologists — to step in and prescribe medications is the wrong answer. 
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Good News for Medicare Providers
The Final Rule on the 2014 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (the Final Rule) has good news for psychiatrists who provide care to Medicare beneficiaries. Click here for more.

PQRS Penalty Deadline Approaches
The Office of Healthcare Systems and Financing wants to remind APA members about the December 31 deadline for avoiding a 1.5% deduction on all their Medicare claims for 2015. All you have to do is file at least one claim with Medicare before December 31 that includes a G-code indicating a PQRS measure. For more information, click HERE.

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.

 Advocacy Alerts

Health Advocacy Organizations Urge Legislators to Streamline Patient Access to Life-Saving Medications
Hundreds of forms cause delays, pain and suffering to patients waiting for relief
SPRINGFIELD, IL -- February 3, 2014 – Cancer patients waiting in pain for relief … quality of life being compromised … these are just a few of the concerns legislators will hear Wednesday, February 5th when the Illinois House Human Services Committee takes up a bill designed to standardize the hundreds of different forms used by insurance companies to authorize medical treatment.  Click here for full article.

Sunshine Act
As you may be aware, the Sunshine Act is now law.  For information regarding the Sunshine Act, please go to: APA is in the process of developing a webinar on this topic. Further information will be posted as it is received.

Physician Sunshine Act Goes Into Effect
Starting today pharmaceutical and device manufacturers are legally required to begin collecting and tracking any direct or indirect payments or gifts to physicians. If you receive such a gift, then your name and the payment/gift will be reported to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). CMS will post the reported transactions a public website known as Open Payments as of September 30, 2014 (https// Register on the site beginning today so you receive notification of when and if your name is reported as a gift/payment recipient.

The Physician Payments in the Sunshine Act (PPSA) covers payments and gifts valued at $10 or more. The only physicians exempt from the reporting requirement are medical residents because many do not have a National Provider Identifier or a state professional license, both of which are required data. Fellows are not exempt from the reporting requirements.

Among the information that companies will have to report are textbooks such as DSM-5 and the Physician's Desk Reference. Meals valued over $10, in general, must also be reported, as must speaking fees at nonaccredited/noncertified CME events and tuition, lodging, or travel funds received for attending such events.

The rules relating to the PPSA are complex and still developing. APA will hold a webinar on the PPSA on September 12 at noon Eastern and Pacific time to explain the current state of affairs. Registration details will appear in the Psychiatric News Update e-mail newsletter. To access information from APA on what you need to know about the PPSA, click HERE. Meanwhile, APA recommends that you register on the CMS site and before taking payments or gifts from industry, ask whether the gift will be reported. 


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