The Psychiatric Society of Virginia is a district branch of the American Psychiatric Association, with over 500 member psychiatrists. PSV focuses its efforts on advocacy of mental health issues, the advancement of psychiatry, and service to the community.
As Chair of the PSV Managed Care Liaison Committee, I have had a recent exchange of letters with Anthem’s Medical Director for behavioral health care. This dialogue was based on a patient of mine, which allowed me to address the broader issue of Anthem’s non-compliance with the mental health parity law. Anthem is currently facing a law suit in Connecticut over this same issue, with the APA as a party to the case. I have been appointed by the APA Board of Directors to a newly established Work Group on Health Reform and Parity.
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APA Launches HIPAA Privacy Rule Compliance Manual
APA recently released its updated HIPAA Privacy Rule Manual, a Guide for Psychiatric Practices. The manual includes step by step instructions, checklists, template forms and patient notices, frequently asked questions, a thorough explanation of the regulations, and cross references to useful APA developed materials on issues including treatment of psychotherapy notes and ‘minimum necessary’ disclosure standards. The manual is a offered as a free benefit for only APA members.
The manual as well as other HIPAA resources can be found at:
You must have your APA username & password to access this information.
Palmetto GBA offers workshops and presentations
2013 Part A and B workshops
Learn more about Medicare coverage and billing updates at Palmetto GBA’s 2013 Part A/B workshops held throughout Virginia in October. The workshops will review Medicare coverage and billing updates and clinical and documentation information affecting the Medicare provider community. Each workshop will run from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Click here to register.
Comprehensive Error Rate Testing (CERT) presentation
Palmetto GBA offers an on demand presentation on Comprehensive Error Rate Testing (CERT) that covers the background of the CERT program and process. The presentation discusses steps to take to ensure a successful CERT audit and outlines common errors. Click here to access the presentation.
- Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) Code Changes for 2013
- Virginia’s certification-of-need rule interferes with medical marketplace
- Medical Professionals File Major Federal Health Care Lawsuit Against Virginia
- VCU Researcher Honored by the World Psychiatric Association with Prestigious Jean Delay Prize
The society will only provide physician names and contact information in a particular geographical area within the state. The society does not give out practice information, certifications, types of patients seen or treatments available. All requests must be made in writing by emailing PSV@societyhq.com. References in Fairfax, Alexandria and Arlington should be directed to the Washington Psychiatric Society, http://www.dcpsych.org
Immediate Past Meeting Information
|September 20-21, 2013||
PSV 2013 Fall Meeting
Renaissance Portsmouth Hotel and Conference Center
For a complete up to date list click here.
You must be a member of PSV to join the Psychiatric Society of Virginia Facebook Group.