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WPA is a professional membership organization representing more than 400 physician members trained in the treatment of mental illness.

 

 APA Fact Sheet

Understanding ICD-10-CM and DSM-5: A Quick Guide for Psychiatrists and Other Mental Health Clinicians

Among the most noticeable revisions to the Fifth Edition of Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) is the inclusion of dual codes for every mental disorder to account for the currently used ICD-9-CM codes as well as new ICD-10-CM codes, which will be activated in October 2014.  Read more

 Governor Scott Walker Signs Mental Health Legislation to Improve, Enhance Services

February 6, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Green Bay – Governor Scott Walker signed seven bills related to mental health services today at Brown County Sophie Beaumont Building.  Read full press release.

 Integrated Care and Psychiatry

In the changing health care environment, one clear trend is greater integration of primary care and behavioral health care.  APA has compiled extensive resources to help psychiatrists understand and stay abreast of the issues.  Go here to see the latest research, news, analysis, policy, collaborative care models, and more, including short videos from leaders in the field and  a Toolkit of practice resources.

 National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Loan Repayment Program accepting applications

The NHSC program supports qualified health care providers, including psychiatrists, in exchange for two-years of service in specific Health Professional Shortage Areas.  The NHSC program is currently accepting applications for FY2014 Loan Repayment Program awards. This program is open to licensed primary care medical, dental, and mental and behavioral health providers who are employed or are seeking employment at approved sites.

 Request for Applications - Wisconsin Perfect Depression Care Learning Community

Mental Health America of Wisconsin (MHA), through a grant from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services/Division of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, is inviting applications from eligible entities to participate in a learning community around implementation of the Perfect Depression Care model developed by Henry Ford Health System (HFHS) Division of Behavioral Health Services.  Learn more

 Carlyle Chan, MD Elected ACCME Chair

Carlyle Chan, MD, past president of the Wisconsin Psychiatric Association and Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, was elected chair of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) during the organization’s annual meeting in December.

A professor at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW), Dr. Chan also served on the Society’s Council on Medical Education and Professional Development from 2008 to 2010. He has directed the CME program for MCW’s Department of Psychiatry for the past 27 years and chaired MCW’s CME Committee for more than a decade.

Doctor Chan has served on the ACCME’s Decision Committee and Executive Committee. He currently serves on the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education Psychiatry Residency Review Committee.

 Fees decrease for Injured Patients and Families Compensation Fund

December 19, 2013 WMS Medigram

The Injured Patients and Families Compensation Fund Board on Wednesday approved a 10 percent decrease in Fund fees for the 2014-2015 fiscal year.  Read more

 APA Summarizes Final Rule for 2014 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued its Final Rule for the 2014 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) on Wednesday, November 27. The Final Rule appeared in the December 10, 2013 publication of the Federal Register. Most provisions of the Final Rule are effective January 1, 2014. Comments on a few specific issues will be accepted through January 27, 2014. The Final Rule can be accessed through the Federal Register.  Read the American Psychiatric Association's five-page summary by clicking here.

 Medical Society Asks Representatives to Support SGR Repeal

Posted 12/11/2013

The Wisconsin Medical Society recently sent a letter to the Wisconsin Congressional delegation asking them to support a proposed SGR repeal.  Read more
 

 Medical College of Wisconsin names dean for Green Bay campus

Posted 12/11/2013

Dr. Matthew Hunsaker has been named campus dean for the Medical College of Wisconsin-Green Bay. He starts Jan. 1, 2014.  Read more

 Save the Date: February 12, 2014 - Doctor Day at the Capitol

Posted 10/25/2013

Please set aside February 12, 2014, for Doctor Day at the State Capitol in Madison. Physicians from across Wisconsin will advocate on behalf of the medical profession and patients during Doctor Day, which several physician organizations and specialty societies are hosting jointly to ensure a highly attended event.  Read more.

 Governor Walker calls for Special Legislative Session on Health Insurance Changes

Posted 11/22/2013

Citing the "failed federal rollout of the Affordable Care Act," Gov. Scott Walker today said he would call a special session of the Legislature to delay the implementation of certain health insurance changes.  Read more

 Save the date and Nominate a Medical Hero

Posted 11/22/2013

Mark your calendar to join us for the Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation’s Annual Fundraising Dinner and Silent Auction Friday, April 25, 2014 at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center, Madison.  Read more

 Assembly passes bills from Speaker's Task Force on Mental Health

November 14, 2013

The State Assembly passed more than a dozen bipartisan bills Tuesday that aim to improve mental health treatment, provide grants to support preventative measures and expand access to care for those suffering from mental illness. Read more.

 Informed Consent Legislation Approved by Legislature; Moves to Governor

Posted 11/14/2013

Assembly Bill 139 (AB 139) includes important changes to the state’s physician informed consent law.  Read more.

 Bipartisan Mental Health Task Force Bills Pass Assembly Committee

Posted 11/14/2013

The Assembly Health Committee approved with bipartisan support 11 bills recommended by the Speaker’s Task Force on Mental Health.  Read more.

 Workplace Wellness Legislation Passes State Senate

Posted 11/14/2013

The State Senate passed the "Wisconsin Healthy Jobs Act," Senate Bill 73 on November 5. Read more.

 Long-Awaited Final Rule for Mental Health Parity Represents Critical Milestone

News Release
APA President Jeffrey Lieberman, MD, Reacts to Final Rule

Arlington, Va. (Nov. 8) – People with mental illness have long faced discrimination in health care through unjust and often illegal barriers to care. Today, the Obama Administration took a significant step toward eliminating those barriers by issuing a Final Rule for the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008.  Read more.

 Events

4/24/2014 12:00 AM   Psychiatry & Behavioral Health Conference  Attachment
This conference will focus on the Risk Assessment for Violence, Duty to Protect Third Parties, Suicide Risk Assessment and Malpractice Avoidance, Cyberbullying, Social Networking and Other High Tech Challenges and Implementation of the Skills Training...
5/17/2014 12:00 AM   NAMI Walk Greater Milwaukee 
7/21/2014 12:00 AM   The 28th Annual Door County Summer Institute 
The Door County Summer Institute is designed to review up-to-date evidence based data related to various therapeutic modalities, apply new knowledge and techniques to cases discussed during the seminar, and reinforce participants’ learning by building...

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 WPA Newsletter

The Winter 2013 edition of
The Wisconsin Psychiatrist
is now available for download. 
 
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