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APA Applauds CHIP Reauthorization

By Anthony Kassir
01/27/2018

From the APA: The American Psychiatric Association wants to thank our advocates for their support in our fight to protect children's access to health insurance.  Earlier this week, the President signed a measure that extends funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for a historic six years.  Funding for the Childhood Obesity Demonstration Project, ... read more


#SaveCHIP Day of Action

By Anthony Kassir
01/10/2018

From the APA: 850,000 Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) beneficiaries experience serious behavioral or emotional disorders but their access to mental health treatment has been in jeopardy for over 100 days. Congressional inaction has created a dire situation for these children and their families. Today, the American Psychiatric Association is joining other frontline physician groups ... read more


Psychiatrists: Takes 1 minute to act on tax-reform bills

By Anthony Kassir
11/16/2017

From the APA: Congress is currently considering two tax-reform bills, both of which will harm our patients' access to mental health care. We must stand up for our patients and tell Congress to reject these proposals. How Tax Reform Impacts People with Mental Illness: The House-passed proposal seeks to end the tax deduction for medical expenses: ... read more


APA moves to Washington, D.C.

By Anthony Kassir
11/16/2017

From the APA: As of January 2, 2018, APA will once again be located in Washington, D.C., after being housed in Arlington, Va., for the past 15 years.Here’s are the new address and telephone number: 800 Maine Avenue, S.W., Suite 900, Washington, D.C. 20024. Phone number: (202) 559-3900. (APA’s toll-free numbers remain unchanged: 888-35-PSYCH or ... read more


Easily contact your Senators re: Graham-Cassidy

By Anthony Kassir
09/20/2017

From the APA: The American Psychiatric Association is moving quickly to protect access to mental health and substance use disorder coverage. Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA) recently unveiled a new proposal to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act but their proposal would: Eliminate guaranteed coverage of substance use disorders and mental ... read more


Changes to ICD-10-CM Codes for DSM-5 Diagnoses Effective October 1

By Anthony Kassir
09/15/2017

From the APA:  Revised 2018 ICD-10-CM codes, released by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), are scheduled to take effect on October 1, 2017. The codes include new, updated, or deleted codes for diagnoses listed in ICD-10-CM, including some 65 codes related to mental health conditions listed in DSM-5. All practitioners and payers must use ... read more


How to help victims of Hurricane Harvey and Irma

By Anthony Kassir
09/07/2017

From the APA: Dear Members of the APA, We are continuing to monitor the impact of Hurricane Harvey and are closely watching the path of Hurricane Irma. We know from previous natural disasters that those affected have multiple service needs, even months and years after the traumatic event. We also know that addressing the mental ... read more


AMA urges physicians to contact Senators

By Anthony Kassir
07/26/2017

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
07/21/2017

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


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Nominate your Distinguished Colleagues! (New deadline)

Nov 02, 2019
OCPS Presents... Orange County's Most Distinguished Psychiatrist Recognition Award The Orange County Psychiatric Society is currently seeking nominations to honor outstanding psychiatrists who have advanced care, research, and education

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