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APA Urges Members To Contact Their Senators

By Anthony Kassir
06/21/2017

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
06/08/2017

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
05/18/2017

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
05/09/2017

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
03/24/2017

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
11/16/2016

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
07/27/2016

[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
12/10/2015

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


CURES Database Registration Mandate (Updated)

By Anthony Kassir
10/21/2015

Effective July 1, 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). For more information and instructions, please login to the Members ... read more


Read the APA's Psychiatric News Alerts!

By Anthony Kassir
07/09/2015

An archive of the APA's Psychiatric News Alerts can be found on their Alerts webpage. (Read more of this post for the link.) As of July 9, 2015, recent titles include: APA Backs Bill to Increase NIH Funding Subtle Cues in Young Predict Schizophrenia Risk Meta-Analysis Finds No Association Between Stimulants for ADHD and New, Worsening Tics ... read more


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CA DEDICATES $20 M FOR “988” HOTLINE

Sep 04, 2021
From the California Department of Healthcare Services September 3, 2021 announcement Source: California State Association of Psychiatrists newsletter Volume 1, Issue 35 CALIFORNIA DEDICATES $20 MILLION TO SUPPORT

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Strengthening Behavioral Health Parity Act passed by Congress

Dec 23, 2020
[From the APA] APA applauds Congress for taking a crucial step forward in our efforts to ensure patients have access to mental health and substance use disorder treatment

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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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