- Jeffrey Geller, M.D., M.P.H., began his one-year term as President of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) at the conclusion of the APA Virtual Highlights Meeting. You can read more about Dr. Geller’s election and his priorities for his term, and view the other leadership candidates who took office at the conclusion of the Virtual Highlights Meeting here.
- Joseph C. Napoli, M.D., assumed the role of Speaker of the APA Assembly of District Branches at the conclusion of the APA Virtual Highlights Meeting. You can read more about Dr. Napoli and the APA Assembly here.
- APA urged the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to allow for additional access to telepsychiatry services during the COVID-19 pandemic. APA sent a letter to CMS requesting that they loosen the video requirement for telepsychiatry to allow patients with older phones that do not have a camera, or who do not have internet access, to receive individual therapy and medication management with their physician. You can read the full letter, and more about telepsychiatry and COVID-19 here.
May Course of the Month – What Should Psychiatrists Know and Do About Gun Violence Among America’s Adolescents and Emerging Adults?
Gun violence—whether in the form of homicides, mass shootings or suicides, kills nearly 30,000 Americans every year. These daunting statistics have not motivated Congress to allow for more federal funding to understand this public health problem. This presentation will provide a public health framework to underscore why gun violence exposure is a serious health risk for adolescents and emerging adults. Presented by Stephan Carlson, M.D., Brookdale University Medical Center, Jason Hershberger, M.D., Interfaith Medical Center, Brookdale Medical Center, William Darby, M.D., UCLA, and Ziv Cohen, M.D., Private Practice, Manhattan, NY.
What Is APA Doing in the Nation’s Capital for Your Patients and Practice?
APA’s Department of Government Relations has released its latest update on APA’s advocacy activities regarding policies and regulations that affect your patients and profession, including information on advocacy during the novel Coronavirus Pandemic.
New Episode of Psychiatric News Alert: APA COVID-19 Survey Results
A new episode of Psychiatric News Alert, APA COVID-19 Survey Results, is available as our Alexa Flash Briefing today. The episode is also available on the Psychiatric News home page and on the Psychiatryonline.org home page.
APA Coronavirus Resources: Psychiatry.org/coronavirus
APA is collecting authoritative and timely resources at psychiatry.org/coronavirus and will update this page on a continual basis. Upcoming webinars to help you navigate the rapidly changing clinical practice environment will be linked here, along with information for your practice, patients and their families, the public, and health care and community leaders.
Telepsychiatry & COVID-19
Learn more about whether telepsychiatry may be a helpful option for your practice, and access APA’s collection of resources on telepsychiatry.
- How to Address COVID-19 Across Inpatient, Residential and other Non-Ambulatory Care Settings
Hear from experts about how to manage through different types of services, key messages to give to your team leaders, unique challenges for people with SMI, how to handle group therapy, and more.
- Telepsychiatry in the Era of COVID-19
This free webinar from SMI Adviser (APA & SAMHSA) offers learners an overview of how to use telemental health and video visits in the changing landscape surrounding the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic.
Managing the Mental Health Effects of COVID-19
- This free webinar from APA will outline how psychiatrists can support patients, communicate with family members and children, and be a resource to other providers during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Working Remotely During COVID-19: Your Mental Health & Well-Being
The Center for Workplace Mental Health, an APA Foundation initiative, has a new employer resource on maintaining your mental health and well-being while working remotely, what to do if you have a mental health condition, and tips for managers and HR professionals on staying connected and supporting employees during this challenging time.
Practice Management HelpLine
As an APA member, you have access to APA’s Practice Management HelpLine to assist you with your practice management needs. Help is available on how to manage the day-to-day operations of your practice in the midst of this pandemic, including telehealth, coding, documentation, reimbursement, contracting with managed care companies, Medicare, Medicaid, and more.
Have questions about COVID-19 and serious mental illness (SMI)?
Any mental health professional can submit questions about COVID-19 and bipolar disorder, major depression, and schizophrenia. Within a day, receive evidence-based guidance from SMI Adviser’s team of national experts. Ask about medications, resources for families, telehealth options, and much more. This is a completely CONFIDENTIAL and FREE service for all mental health professionals.