Members Only Resources
Selected Resources from the APA Website
Note: APA member login may be required for some or all of the following resources.
Payment Reform and Quality Reporting Under MACRA
November 15, 2016, APA relaunched its Payment Reform website and a new CME webinar series to assist you 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 will be paid. Some reporting requirements begin as early as January 1, 2017. MACRA permanently repealed the Medicare SGR formula and set in motion entirely new programs for quality reporting and new payment models. Over 23,000 psychiatrists currently see Medicare patients. These new MACRA programs are also widely expected to have a ripple effect and spur similar efforts by many other payers.
Building a Career in Psychiatry
This valuable resource for medical students, residents, fellows, and early career physicians, aims to help them successfully prepare for the transition into the next stages in their careers. Also check out the APA Guide to Resident Opportunities on this page.
Official APA Positions
Access and review official APA positions using APA's searchable PolicyFinder on the Governance page. There you will find current APA position statements as well as policies from governing documents including the Bylaws, Constitution, Operations Manual, and The Principles of Medical Ethics With Annotations Applicable Especially to Psychiatry.
Visit APAeducation: APA's Lifelong Learning and CME Center
Performance in Practice modules and more at www.apaeducation.org
Stay up-to-date with the latest APA advocacy news and activities
APA Practice Guidelines
Try out APA’s Legislative Action Center and make your voice heard!
Neuroscience Education Institute: 25% OCPS Member Discount
As of June 6, 2017, OCPS members now enjoy a 25% discounted membership rate for new membership and renewals with the Neuroscience Education Institute. NEI’s benefits of membership feature online access to Stephen Stahl's prescriber's guide, MOC Self-Assessment activities, and CME among many other things. Please note that OCPS does not endorse NEI and has not evaluated NEI’s programs or offerings. Members should make their own assessment of the product before buying.
Please follow these instructions to complete your discounted NEI Membership subscription:
- Click here and log-in (or create an account)
- Select the 1-year term and hit Submit (you may sign up for up to 5 years at the discounted rate if you pay ahead)
- To receive your discount, enter promo code GRPOCPS and click Apply
- Hit Checkout and complete your purchase
If you have any questions, email Betsy Lukins of NEI @ [email protected]
Thanks to Lesley MacArthur, M.D., for negotiating this special rate.
OPT-IN TO THE APA SEARCHABLE DATABASE OF PSYCHIATRISTS
We are pleased to announce that the OCPS website's Physician Directory has been replaced by the superior APA searchable database of psychiatrists. This is the database viewed by prospective patients using our website's Find a Psychiatrist feature. OCPS members may click on this link to opt-in or edit his/her listing in the APA database (APA login required).
We have a growing variety of books available for members at the OCMA center, free of charge. Take a look at the listing of volumes available on our bookshelf at the LibraryThing website.
- Read the APA's News Alerts
- Medical Board Requires Notice to Consumers
- APA's weekly Psychiatric News Updates can be found here.
CURES Database Registration Mandate
As many of you may know, effective July 1st, 2016*, California Health and Safety Code, Section 11165.1 will mandate that all California-licensed health care providers authorized to prescribe, order, administer, furnish or dispense Schedule II, III, or IV controlled substances must be registered to access the Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System (CURES). Click on this link to begin a download of a Microsoft Word document to read more, and learn how to register to access CURES.
*UPDATE: In mid-October, Assembly bill 679 extended the registration deadline 6 months. All individuals practicing in California who possess both a state regulatory board license authorized to prescribe, dispense, furnish or order controlled substances and a Drug Enforcement Administration Controlled Substance Registration Certificate (DEA Certificate) now have until July 1, 2016, to register to use CURES.