Welcome to IPS 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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Prescribing Law Tightly Restricts Psychologists' Scope of Practice Click here for article.
Sliver of Medicare Doctors Get Big Share of PayoutsA link is included in this article which shows how many Medicare patients a particular physician sees, what they are reimburses, etc. Click here for article.
Medicare Opt-Out Rules Clarified The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has assured APA that physicians who have opted out of Medicare can still have referrals and prescriptions for privately contracted Medicare patients covered. The matter was a subject of confusion and concern on the part of APA members after a July 9 report in the Wall Street Journal seemed to indicate that CMS had changed its policy with regard to physicians who opt out of Medicare. But the confusion apparently stemmed from what appears to be a typographical error in a portion of the OIG report quoted by the Journal. Ellen Jaffe, director of the APA Practice Management HelpLine, contacted CMS and was assured that physicians who have opted out are indeed permitted to order and refer. A CMS official told Jaffe that what the OIG report was intended to convey is that claim denials will be issued to physicians who have not submitted a valid opt-out affidavit.
Health Advocacy Organizations Urge Legislators to Streamline Patient Access to Life-Saving MedicationsHundreds of forms cause delays, pain and suffering to patients waiting for reliefSPRINGFIELD, 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.
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