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.
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.
APA Announces Medicare Reimbursement Victory on Psychiatry Work Values
The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has accepted work values for a number of psychiatric codes (90791/92 and the 908XX codes) that will result in increased Medicare payment for psychiatrists using those codes. The work values, which are recommended by the AMA’s Relative Value Update Committee, are part of a complex payment formula that includes practice expense and other variables to derive a fee for every code used by physicians. Go here to learn more!