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AMA urges physicians to contact Senators

By Anthony Kassir
July 26, 2017

From the AMA Yesterday afternoon Senate leadership overcame the first legislative hurdle in their attempt to pass potentially devastating health care legislation.  With the motion to proceed vote deadlocked at 50-50, the Vice President cast the deciding vote in favor of moving forward. This is serious! The Senate will now take votes over the next ... read more


Physicians: Oppose repeal legislation!

By Anthony Kassir
July 21, 2017

From the AMA Despite overwhelming grassroots pressure, the U.S. Senate continues to flirt with health care legislation that could have disastrous consequences. The latest plan being considered, the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), could have resulted in 22 million Americans losing their coverage by 2026, but lacked the necessary votes to pass and effectively sent ... read more


APA Urges Members To Contact Their Senators

By Anthony Kassir
June 21, 2017

From APA Headlines: APA Urges Members To Contact Their Senators To Voice Opposition To Health Reform Bill. Psychiatric News (6/20) reports that members of the American Psychiatric Association “are urged to contact their US senators to voice opposition to the health care reform bill now being considered in the Senate.” It is expected that senators will “vote on ... read more


Psychiatrists: Contact Governor Brown!

By Anthony Kassir
June 8, 2017

Excerpt from the APA: Recently, the House passed the American Health Care Act (AHCA) by a narrow margin to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  Now, the Senate is drafting their own version of the AHCA. As you know, the House-passed AHCA would have a substantial negative impact on individuals with mental illness ... read more


Psychiatrists: Urge your Senators to start over on AHCA!

By Anthony Kassir
May 18, 2017

From the APA: Recently, the House passed the American Health Care Act (AHCA) by a narrow margin to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Now, the Senate is drafting their own version of the health care reform. As you know, the House-passed AHCA would have a substantial negative impact on individuals with mental illness and ... read more


OCPS Members: Special Election for President-Elect position

By Anthony Kassir
May 9, 2017

Dear OCPS Member, At the recent OCPS Council meeting on May 2, 2017, the Council authorized a Special Election for the President-Elect position to take place this month. The President-Elect will hold office immediately following the election, and then assume the role of the President in May, 2018 for the 2018 to 2020 term. As ... read more


Welcoming our new Executive Director

By Anthony Kassir
March 24, 2017

We are pleased to report that Nancy Novak has accepted the position as our new Executive Director, replacing Mary Ann Awad. While Mary Ann’s departure is an unfortunate loss for OCPS, we are supportive of her decision to pursue her career and thank her for her services over the past year. We would like to take this ... read more


Payment Reform and Quality Reporting Under MACRA

By Anthony Kassir
November 16, 2016

As a benefit to APA members, the APA has launched a Payment Reform website and a new CME webinar series to assist members in preparing for the major payment changes going into effect for 2017, as a result of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA). MACRA changes the way psychiatrists and other physicians working with Medicare patients ... read more


Educational Event Videos Now Online

By Anthony Kassir
July 27, 2016

[UPDATED] OCPS Members are invited to login to the Members Only area to view video of previous educational events. Now online are several presentations from 2016. Additional videos will be added as they become available.


Residents/Fellows/ECPs encouraged to apply for award

By Anthony Kassir
December 10, 2015

William E. Callahan, Jr., M.D.’s love of legislative advocacy was legendary. He dedicated his life to advocating for our profession and our patients. He traveled up and down the state of California and back and forth to Washington, D.C. to lobby legislators about improving access to high-quality mental health care and ensuring patient safety was ... read more


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AMA urges physicians to contact Senators

Jul 26, 2017
From the AMA Yesterday afternoon Senate leadership overcame the first legislative hurdle in their attempt to pass potentially devastating health care legislation.  With the motion to proceed vote

Read More

Physicians: Oppose repeal legislation!

Jul 21, 2017
From the AMA Despite overwhelming grassroots pressure, the U.S. Senate continues to flirt with health care legislation that could have disastrous consequences. The latest plan being considered, the

Read More

APA Urges Members To Contact Their Senators

Jun 21, 2017
From APA Headlines: APA Urges Members To Contact Their Senators To Voice Opposition To Health Reform Bill. Psychiatric News (6/20) reports that members of the American Psychiatric Association “are urged to

Read More