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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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Prescribing Law Tightly Restricts Psychologists' Scope of Practice 
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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 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.

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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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.

Check your "Sunshine Act" Data NOW!
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has ended the temporary suspension of access to its new database, Open Payments, that keeps track of payments and gifts physicians receive from the pharmaceutical and medical-device industries. The database allows physicians who have registered with CMS to verify the accuracy of the information that these industries have reported. Because of the suspension, the deadline for physicians to dispute 2013 data has been extended from August 27 to September 8.

While the public website will still be launched as planned on September 30, it will not include the entire first round of submitted data. CMS continues to have concerns over physicians' intermingled data (the reason that CMS shut down the Open Payments portal on August 3) and is returning about one-third of the records to manufacturers and group purchasing organizations for correction; these records will be included in the next reporting cycle in June 2015.

If you have not yet done so, you are urged to register for access to the Open Payments system and review your information. Click
here for instructions.

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