Welcome to PSV
The Psychiatric Society of Virginia is a district branch of the American Psychiatric Association. The Psychiatric Society of Virginia (PSV) is a professional medical organization that represents psychiatric physicians statewide. PSV focuses its efforts on advocacy of mental health issues, the advancement of psychiatry, and service to the community. Our vision is to achieve full access to the highest quality care for all Virginians in order to promote mental health and minimize psychiatric disability in the Commonwealth.
News and Announcements
VDH is pleased to host a webinar Unsure about Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine? A Candid Conversation with an Expert..." April 28th from 12 noon to 1pm with Dr Taison Bell, Infectious Disease Expert at the University School of Medicine and a physician practicing on the front lines.
This program is open to all healthcare professionals and healthcare staff.
View the flyer HERE.
INFORMATION BLOCKING: WHAT PSYCHIATRISTS NEED TO KNOW
For decades the federal government has been trying to move patient health records from a paper-based system to an electronic one. The goal of interoperability – information flowing seamlessly between providers, patients, and payers – has yet to be achieved. To further the government’s goal of removing barriers to allow the free flow of information (thereby minimizing information blocking), various laws have been enacted, with a focus on preventing information blocking with patients (interfering with the patient’s right to access their own information), including the following four:
1. Cures Act Final Rule on Information Blocking
2. HIPAA’s Privacy Rule
3. Interoperability and Patient Access Final Rule
4. State Law Regarding Patient Access
Department of Health Professions Warns of Scams Directed at Health Care Professionals
Licensees encouraged to contact health regulatory boards about questionable calls
RICHMOND — The Virginia Department of Health Professions (DHP) is warning licensees of scam attempts to obtain money or financial and personal information from health professionals by posing as an official from a health regulatory board or a DEA agent. Scammers may use “spoofed” telephone numbers or email addresses that appear to be from DHP, and may demand payment from the health professional to avoid license suspension or legal action.
The Department became aware of this scam activity over the last year and has issued alerts to the more than 400,000 healthcare professionals it licenses. However, this criminal activity appears to be increasing, and is national in scale. Last fall the FBI issued a Liaison Information Report to warn medical providers of a nationwide fraud scheme targeting them.
According to DHP Director David Brown, “Some of our licensees, including physicians, dentists and nurses, have been contacted by scammers posing as representatives of one of our health regulatory boards or the DEA. Their illicit demands have often been made using a telephone number that appears to be from DHP, or a fax or email on official looking letterhead or email address, and are accompanied by threats of arrest or suspension of a practitioner’s license unless fees are paid.”
DHP health regulatory boards and DHP staff never ask for confidential information, such as a social security number, date of birth, or bank or credit card numbers, over the phone. Licensees are encouraged to contact their health regulatory board with questions or concerns. In addition, to verify the identity of a DHP investigator or inspector, licensees may call the DHP Enforcement Division at 804-367-4691 or by email at [email protected]. Suspected fraudulent communications should be reported to the Federal Trade Commission at FTC Complaint Assistance or 1-877-382-4357. Scammers representing as Drug Enforcement Agents should be reported to the DEA from their website.
The mission of the Department of Health Professions is to ensure safe and competent patient care by licensing health professionals, enforcing standards of practice, and providing information to health care practitioners and the public.
APA and ePrescribing
In response to rapidly changing state laws and policies by national pharmacy chains requiring electronic prescribing, APA’s Department of Practice Management and Delivery Systems Policy has updated the e-Prescribing section of APA’s website. One of the resources you’ll find is the MD Toolbox, which offers an interactive map of the United States; just click on a state to learn the applicable laws and regulations around eRx in that state, to see whether your physicians are now required to e-prescribe. The updated web site and associated resources can be found here.