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 centraloffice@nyspsych.org 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 centraloffice@nyspsych.org

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)

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, spatel@psych.org 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)

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!

Revised NYSPA Documentation Template

OPTUM Issues Provider Alert Addressing Documentation of Psychotherapy Combination Codes

United Behavioral Health (Optum) has issued a Provider Alert addressing documentation of the new psychotherapy combination codes (E/M plus Psychotherapy Add-on Code). You can read the Provider Alert by clicking here.

The Provider Alert reflects extensive feedback and suggestions from both the APA and NYSPA. The NYSPA template for psychotherapy combination codes, currently available in the CPT coding section of the NYSPA website (www.nyspsych.org), includes all the clinical information required in the Optum Provider Alert. The only change is the addition of the requirement to document time spent providing psychotherapy. We have learned now that when CPT first developed the new combination codes, it was CPT’s intention that the time spent providing psychotherapy alone be documented. Therefore, we have modified our combination code template on the NYSPA website to replace “Start and Stop Time” with “Approximate Psychotherapy Time”. For 90833, the minimum psychotherapy time is 16 minutes and for 90836, the minimum psychotherapy time is 38 minutes.

We have elected to retain documentation of total face-to-face time (although not mandatory) to establish that there was sufficient total time to provide both an E/M service and a psychotherapy add-on service.

Optum has advised NYSPA that this new requirement will be enforced prospectively only. We also anticipate that Medicare will issue a similar advisory requiring documentation of psychotherapy time as well. NYSPA will be scheduling a webinar on the new documentation template shortly.