New York State Psychiatric Association

Dr. Kroplick Named NYSOM's Physician of the Year

Lois Kroplick Receiving Award

NYSPA congratulates Lois Kroplick, D.O. on being named 2014 Physician of the Year Award by the New York State Osteopathic Medical Society. The award was presented on February 21st at the President’s Reception during the 2014 Regional Osteopathic Convention.

Dr. Kroplick is the first psychiatrist to have received this honor. Click here to view a copy of Dr. Kroplick's acceptance speech.  


NYSPA Provides Testimony on SAFE Act Reporting Requirement 

On May 31, 2013, NYSPA presented testimony at a Senate hearing regarding the impact of the SAFE Act mental health reporting requirement. 


Parity Enforcement Project

The Parity Enforcement Project is a joint initiative of NYSPA and the APA intended to provide psychiatrists and their patients with a new approach and new tools to fight back against discriminatory practices by health plans. The central goal of the Project is to identify and challenge existing parity violations, particularly in the context of disparate medical necessity reviews for behavioral health benefits, including:


PQRS Clarification

In response to our recent website article on the new PQRS 2015 payment reduction, NYSPA has received several inquiries from members regarding the use of Measure #9 (Major Depressive Disorder (MDD): Antidepressant Medication During Acute Phase for Patients with MDD)




The Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement (BNE) recently issued new FAQs that clarify the procedures that must be followed when a practitioner issues an oral or written prescription pursuant to certain exceptions to mandatory e-prescribing.  Note that these procedures do not apply if a practitioner has received a one-year waiver from mandatory e-prescribing. 

In order to comply with the notice requirement, practitioners must send an email message to BNE each time one of the following exceptions is used:

1)  A written or oral prescription is issued in circumstances where electronic prescribing is not available due to temporary technological or electrical failure. (Public Health Law Section 281(3)(b))

(2)  A written or oral prescription is issued by a practitioner under circumstances where, notwithstanding the practitioner's present ability to make an electronic prescription, such practitioner reasonably determines that it would be impractical for the patient to obtain substances prescribed by electronic prescription in a timely manner, and such delay would adversely impact the patient's medical condition. (Public Health Law Section 281(3)(d))

(3)   A written or oral prescription is issued by a practitioner to be dispensed by a pharmacy located outside the state.  (Public Health Law Section 281(3)(e))

Please note that practitioners that have been granted a one-year waiver from mandatory e-prescribing are not required to provide notice to BNE of the use of oral or written prescriptions.  Further, practitioners practicing in a nursing home or residential health care facility that is subject to the blanket e-prescribing waiver established by the Department pursuant to letter dated March 16, 2016, are also not required to provide notice to BNE of the use of oral or written prescriptions. 

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