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Report Your Experiences with 2013 CPT Coding Changes
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PaPS’ DSM 5 Workshops
Kenneth M. Certa, MD and Kathleen C. Dougherty, MD, have been selected to attend the APA’s train-the- trainer session at the APA’s Annual Meeting in San Francisco where two representatives from each District Branch (DB) are to attend the in-depth training to take back to members within its DB.
Watch your inbox for opportunities to attend these workshops in your local chapter. For information on conducting training for your programs or practices, contact the PaPS administrative office.
NEW Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Resources and Updates
The APA offers a variety of recertification resources to help you incorporate the MOC process into your continuing education, as well as prepare you for the ABPN board exam. To help APA Members navigate their way through the MOC process, the APA has developed several resources found on the MOC page of, www.psych.org.
STOP CPT CODING ABUSES-ACHIEVE MENTAL HEALTH PARITY NOW
APA IS WORKING FOR YOU
CPT code changes were intended to more accurately reflect the work psychiatrists do and improve patient access to care, but instead have been used as an excuse by some payors to discriminate against psychiatric patients and their psychiatrists in violation of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (2008). The issues differ from state to state and from carrier to carrier. The APA Board of Trustees has committed significant APA resources, both financial and staff, to understand the situation and use all reasonable means, including litigation, to correct the abuses taking place.
GET PAID, ACHIEVE MENTAL HEALTH PARITY
APA staff and attorneys have already begun implementation of a solid plan of action to combat this abuse. However, you, the psychiatrists who contract with the payors, have the specific information we need to cause a change. The situation cannot be improved unless every one of you helps. Click here and help us help you and your patients.