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Thu April 23, 2015

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ARLINGTON, Va. – The American Psychiatric Association’s 168th Annual Meeting will feature innovative, thought-provoking research from around the world on topics such as suicide risk factors in the ER, effects of exposure to terrorism, and substance use among college students.

The event, the world’s largest psychiatric meeting, will run Saturday, May 16, to Wednesday, May 20, 2015, in Toronto, Canada, at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. In addition to the hundreds of workshops, symposia, and lectures, new research will be presented in a series of...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Apr 24, 2015

Mon April 20, 2015

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WHAT:
The American Psychiatric Association's 2015 Annual Meeting features top experts and researchers in psychiatry, presenting timely research and clinical updates. Sessions will include breaking news about adolescents and alcohol use, a symposium on marijuana policy and treatment, new research on alcohol use and eating disorders following bariatric surgery, panels on the growing use of telepsychiatry and a session on gun violence and mental illness.

The theme of this year's meeting is "Psychiatry...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Apr 21, 2015

Wed April 15, 2015

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ARLINGTON, Va . – The American Psychiatric Association (APA) praised last night's bipartisan Senate vote on legislation that would repeal the flawed Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula for Medicare physician payment rates. President Obama is expected to sign the bill.

The legislation, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA), would repeal the SGR and establish a series of payment reforms under Medicare that focus on quality instead of volume. Future payments would be determined by a doctor's participation in integrated care settings, health outcomes and quality measures.

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Apr 15, 2015

Tue April 07, 2015

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ARLINGTON, Va – The American Psychiatric Association welcomes a proposed rule released Monday by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that would require provisions of the Mental Health Parity Act to apply to the majority of Medicaid plans and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

“The proposed rule, by expanding mental health parity, has the potential to greatly improve access to care for mental health and substance use disorders and the equity which our patients need,” said APA President Paul Summergrad, M.D. “We’ve made much progress in recent years under the Mental Health Parity Act and...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Apr 13, 2015

Mon March 16, 2015

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ARLINGTON, Va. — The membership of the American Psychiatric Association has chosen Maria Oquendo, M.D., as its next president-elect. Oquendo is currently residency training director at the New York State Psychiatric Institute and Columbia University, where she started as a community psychiatrist. She is professor and vice chair for education at Columbia University, conducting research on treatment and neurobiology of mood disorders, suicide and global mental health.

Oquendo has held several leadership roles at APA. She is secretary of the Board of Trustees and chairs APA’s Conflict of Interest Committee. She...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Apr 13, 2015

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