APA2014
The American Psychiatric Association will host their 167th Annual Meeting May 3-7 in New York, NY. The event will offer innovative and educational sessions on today's most important issues in mental health. Check back here for continuing full conference coverage, or sign up for daily e-mail blasts on our registration page.
Day 1
Wayne Katon, MD, Discusses the Opportunities for Psychiatrists in Mental Health Management
Wayne J. Katon, MD, professor of psychiatry, director of the division of health services and epidemiology, and vice chair of the department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the University of Washington Medical School, says that the type of patient a primary care physician sees can vary depending on the type of insurance the person has.
Patrick Kennedy Describes the Importance of the Mental Health Parity & Addictions Equity Act
Patrick J. Kennedy, former US Representative for Rhode Island's 1st Congressional District, says that he authored the Mental Health Parity & Addictions Equity Act in 2008, which was then incorporated into the Affordable Care Act in 2010. The parity law went into effect in January 2014, and by 2015, more health plans are expected to be covered under it.
NIMH Efforts Seek Personalized Medicine Approaches to Prevent Brain Disorders
Thomas R. Insel, MD, the director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), started his talk with a grim picture of the nation's mental health: a January 2013 report from the Institute of Medicine found that mortality rates for US men and women under 50 years ranked last and near last, respectively, among 18 developed countries, with causes including car accidents, gun violence, and drug overdoses.
Access to Coverage May Not Mean Access to Care in Mental Health, Psychiatrists Say
The Affordable Care Act's (ACA) promise of broader availability of healthcare coverage, coupled with a federal law aimed at ensuring that mental health coverage is on par with that of other items in a plan, should mean that those with mental health disorders will finally get better care, right?
Day 2
Anthony Rothschild, MD, Discusses How Healthcare Barriers Can Keep Patients From Antipsychotics
Anthony J. Rothschild, MD, says that barriers to expensive antipsychotic drugs are shortsighted. He adds that the American Psychiatric Association, in accordance with some in Congress, recently rejected a CMS decision that would have restricted the number of antidepressants and antipsychotics Medicare beneficiaries could receive.
Integrated Care No Longer an Afterthought at APA
In 2010, the topic of integrated care in mental health was still at the edges of practice, so much so that the topic only merited a single workshop at the meeting of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) in New Orleans.
Practical Ideas for Implementing Collaborative Care
The theory behind integrated care models in mental health is easy to grasp: Those who have depression or anxiety often have other problems, such as high blood pressure or unexplained pain, so having a psychiatrist collaborate with a primary care physician (PCP) makes sense.
Steven S. Sharfstein, MD, Describes Health Reform's Impact On Medicare/Medicaid Beneficiaries With Mental Illness
Steven S. Sharfstein, MD, president and CEO of Sheppard Pratt, says that patients with mental illness who are insured under Medicare or Medicaid will feel the effect of health reform in terms of cost control and quality-focused care.
Day 3
Learning What Stress Does to the Mind is Key to Understanding What it Does to the Body
Modern life is full of stress, and understanding how stress affects the brain is essential to developing ways to prevent its harmful effects on the body, according to Gregory Fricchione, MD, of Harvard Medical School.
Roger Kathol, MD, Discusses the Evolving Role Of Psychiatry In The Era Of Healthcare Reform
Roger Kathol, MD, president of Cartesian Solutions, Inc, and professor of internal medicine and psychiatry at the University of Minnesota, says that health reform presents several opportunities for psychiatrists.
Editor Shares Practical Road Map Through Maze of Therapy Options
Attendees at the 167th Annual Meeting of the American Psychiatric Association (APA), convening at the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York City, appreciated Sunday's opportunity to hash out practical day-to-day issues at Meet the Author: Evidence-Based Guide to Antidepressant Medications and Antipsychotic Medications, with editor Anthony J. Rothschild, MD, director of the Center for Psychopharmacologic Research and Treatment, at University of Massachusetts Medical School.
Gregory L. Fricchione, MD, Discusses How Mind and Body Medicine Assists in Chronic Disease Management
Gregory L. Fricchione, MD, of Harvard Medical School, says that primary care physicians and specialists alike can benefit from a heuristic equation that considers a patient's stress and resilience levels.