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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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 GuidelinesThe 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.
Medicare Reimbursement Penalties Coming In the proposed rule for the 2015 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) advanced several initiatives that, in combination with already existing programs, can affect the reimbursement that physicians will receive from Medicare for their services. APA's Office of Healthcare Systems and Financing has posted detailed information on APA's website, including a chart with 2014 measures that are relevant to psychiatry.
Handbook for Providers of Pharmacy Services Four Prescription Policy Exception- Antipsychotics
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.
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Urge Congress to Repeal the Failed SGR Now! APA is urging Congress to repeal the flawed Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula during the current lame-duck session. There are only two weeks left for Congress to act – your voice is needed today!
After years of last minute temporary fixes, the current SGR “patch” is set to expire at the end of March 2015. Without a permanent fix, Medicare payments could be cut by nearly 30 percent. Multiple temporary fixes have ended up costing Congress more money than it would currently cost to repeal the flawed SGR and implement a new model. During this lame-duck session, we are urging Congress to repeal the SGR and implement a new payment system that will allow physicians to continue providing the high-quality care our nation’s aging population.
We need your help today! Please contact your Member of Congress, before they adjourn, and ask that SGR be repealed and a new payment system implemented. Click here to contact your Senators and Representative today.Thank you.
Read "Peace of Mind," an article about IPS.
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