Take Action!

All NYSPA members should contact their state Senator as soon as possible to urge them to oppose S.7488, a bill that would grant prescribing privileges to psychologists licensed in New York State. This legislation dangerously encroaches on the practice of medicine and would compromise patient safety by permitting psychologists to prescribe psychotropic medications without adequate medical education and training. Please use the link to the right where it says “take action” to send a message about this extremely important issue to your Senator today.

Seeth Vivek, M.D.
Jeffrey Borenstein, M.D.
Vice President
Ramaswamy Viswanathan, M.D.
Russell Denea, M.D.
Vivian Pender, M.D.
Area II Trustee
Jose Vito, M.D.
ECP Representative
Kandace Licciardi, M.D.
RFM Representative

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Earlier this month, State Senator Catharine Young (R – Olean) introduced S.7488, a bill that would grant prescribing privileges to psychologists licensed in New York State. A companion bill has not yet been introduced in the Assembly.

NYSPA urgently needs your support to oppose this bill and any related bills that would grant prescribing privileges to psychologists licensed in New York State. Please act NOW by writing to your State Senator to urge him or her to oppose the bill and vote “No” if it comes before them for a vote.

Early next week you will be receiving a Cap Wiz Alert from the APA, which will enable you to send a message directly to your State Senator regarding S. 7488 and its dangerous encroachment on the practice of medicine. The Cap Wiz Alert will be sent to the email address you have on file with the APA.

If a companion bill is introduced in the State Assembly, we will issue a second Cap Wiz Alert for letters to Assembly members.

Back in 2002, NYSPA worked strenuously to secure an explicit statutory ban on psychology prescribing in New York State. Thank you for your support as we work together to ensure that the ability to prescribe psychotropic medications is limited only to those individuals who possess the requisite education, training and experience to safely do so.

A copy of the bill may be viewed here.

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APA Advocacy Leads to Changes in MOC Program


NYSPA is pleased to report that American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) recently revised its Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program to adopt the following changes:

1) Patient survey is no longer mandatory and will now be listed as one of several options in the category of assessment of practice.

2) Lifetime Certificate holders will no longer be referred to as “not participating in MOC.” Instead, ABPN will utilize the phrase “not required to participate in MOC.”

Qualifying Quality Improvement projects will now satisfy Performance in Practice requirements for chart review.

These changes to the MOC program are a direct result of the advocacy of the APA and the Assembly Work Group on MOC, which worked closely with ABPN to make these necessary clarifications. Special thanks and recognition to Ramaswamy Viswanathan, M.D., Brooklyn DB Representative and newly elected NYSPA Secretary, for his leadership in this area.

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2014 Annual Resident Paper Session

BPS Annual Residents Paper Session

Thanks to everyone who came to the 2014 Annual Resident Paper Session held by the Brooklyn Psychiatric Society at Maimonides Medical Center.

All of the papers were excellent and a huge congratulations goes to the winner, Anupriya Gogne, MD from SUNY Downstate Medical Center on her paper, “Reduced P3 Amplitude in Individuals at High Risk for Alcoholism.”

You can view photos from the event here.

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PQRS UPDATE FOR 2014 Webinar

Presented by:
Rachel A. Fernbach, Esq.
NYSPA Deputy Director and Assistant General Counsel
Monday – March 31, 2014
8:00pm – 10:00pm

This Webinar will cover the following topics:

Overview of the PQRS program for 2014 and new quality reporting requirements imposed on providers who treat Medicare beneficiaries.

Highlight differences between 2013 program and 2014 program

How to avoid the 2.0% payment reduction slated for 2016

How to become a satisfactory reporter for 2014 and earn a 0.5% incentive payment

Detailed analysis of quality measures relevant to psychiatry

Examples of documentation of quality measures in the treatment record

If you have specific questions, please send them to in advance of the webinar to give us an opportunity to address these questions during the Webinar presentation.

Please register for this Webinar, by clicking on the link provided below:


Once registration is approved, you will receive a confirmation e-mail containing information about joining the Webinar.


For those who are unable to attend the live Webinar, we will send a follow-up E-Bulletin to members to let them know when a copy of the Webinar is available on the website.

Webinar is free to members of the
New York State Psychiatric Association

Non-Member fee $250 – Payment must be received before registration (check only)

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us in the NYSPA office at (516) 542-0077 or by email

System Requirements

PC-Based attendees
Required: Windows7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server

Mac-Based attendees
Required: Mac OSX 10.5 or newer

Video portion of the webinar will be on your computer, the audio portion will be available by either computer or telephone (dial-in number will be included in your confirmation e-mail)

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Complimentary CME Conference – Mental Health of Asian Indian Americans, April 13, 2014

Dear Colleague/Friend:

Please join us for a very special program:

Mental Health of Asian Indian Americans: Issues and Culturally Appropriate Solutions
Sunday, April 13, 2014
9:30 am – 6:40 pm (Scientific Program begins 10:15 am)
Flushing Hospital, Auditorium
4500, Parsons Boulevard (Enter on 45th Av and take the elevator to the 5th floor)
Flushing, New York 11355

7 Hours CME Credit for physician attendees. Others are also welcome to attend.

Complimentary Lunch, and morning and afternoon coffee/tea/snacks provided.

This conference is free of cost, but pre-registration is required. Space is Limited.
Free Parking to the first 60 registrants. Registration closes April 7.

Please REGISTER Now at:

(It takes only 2 minutes to register. After successfully registering, if you do not hear from us otherwise, you can assume that your registration qualified for complimentary parking).

Open to physicians including psychiatrists, other mental health providers, mental health advocates, community and mental health agency leaders, and anyone with an interest in Asian Indian American mental health.

Presented by the American Psychiatric Association’s Division of Diversity and Health Equity in collaboration with the Indo-American Psychiatric Association, and the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin – Queens and Long Island.

Speakers and Panelists: Drs. Ramaswamy Viswanathan, Seetharaman Vivek, Annelle Primm, Ramanathan Raju, Anand Pandya, Ajay Lodha, Manoj Shah, Vani Rao, Anil Thomas, Vasundhara Kalasapudi, Meena Ramani, Ms. Zarna Shah, Ms. Meena Devani, Ms. Sudha Acharya, Air Marshal (retd) Raghu Raghavendran, Drs. Runi Mukherji-Ratnam, Nalini Juthani, and Bhavani Srinivasan.

Topics covered: Ethnic Minority Mental Health Care, Cultural Issues, Role of Patient and Family Organizations, Role of Primary Physicians, Substance Use, Aged, Children, Family Issues, Suicide, Support Organizations, Community Support.
Please see the attached Program for details.

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American Psychiatric Association designates this live activity for a maximum of 7 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

For more information, contact Sejal Patel, OMNA on Tour Coordinator, or 703 -907-8579.

Kindly spread the information and encourage others also to attend.


Ramaswamy Viswanathan, MD, DMSc
Chair, Board of Trustees, Indo-American Psychiatric Association (IAPA)

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NYSPA Election Results

Dr. Ramaswamy Viswanathan has been elected Secretary of the New York State Psychiatric Association.

Dr. Subhash Chandra has been elected APA Area 2 RFM Representative and Chair, Committee on RFMS for the New York State Psychiatric Association.

A huge congratulations to them both!

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