NYSPA President Edward Herman, M.D., J.D. was recently quoted in a PsychNews article discussing the NYC Mayor’s new plan for involuntary commitments.  Please click here to read the article.  

 

2023 Medicare Fee Schedules

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Notice of Good Faith Estimate of Non-Deductibility of NYSPA 2022 and 2023 Dues

The Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1993 included certain provisions denying tax deductibility for the portion of dues paid to 501(c)(6) professional organizations that is spent on influencing state or federal legislation. The law requires NYSPA to provide its members with a good-faith estimate of the portion of their dues which is attributable to lobbying and therefore, is non-deductible for federal income tax purposes.

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New York City Needs Comprehensive Approach 
to Address Mental Health Crisis

New York City Mayor Eric Adams recently announced a new plan to provide care for untreated individuals suffering from serious and persistent mental illness who are unable to care for themselves, including assessment, emergency transport and involuntary commitment. While the New York State Psychiatric Association (NYSPA) appreciates and values the Mayor’s commitment to assist individuals with mental illness, we caution against the use of involuntary commitment as a blanket solution without examination of other root causes and solutions.  It is well-established that individuals with mental illness are much more likely to be the victim of a crime rather than the perpetrator of a crime and involuntary commitment may not be appropriate in all cases.  Other factors at play include rising rates of homelessness, lack of access to care, long-term healthcare disparities caused by under-investment in community-based resources, and the ripple and long-term of effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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2023 CPT CODING, BILLING AND DOCUMENTATION UPDATE

Presented by Rachel A. Fernbach, Esq.
December 12, 2022

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PRESS RELEASE: NYSPA, MSSNY & NASW-NYS Veterans Mental Health Training Initiative Continues to Enhance Capacity of Practitioners in Community to Care for Veterans & Families as NYS & U.S. Commemorate Veterans Day

Please click here to read the full Press Release

 

ProjectTEACH

Project TEACH is a New York State Office of Mental Health funded program that offers support to primary care, ob/gyn and psychiatric clinicians who are treating perinatal and/or pediatric patients with mental health concerns. Our team of reproductive psychiatrists and child and adolescent psychiatrists provide expert guidance through telephone consultations and CME education programs. Liaison coordinators provide linkage and referral support to outpatient programs in your community. All of our services are fast, free, friendly and easy to access no matter where you are in New York State.  For consultations call us at 1-855-227-7272 Monday-Fridays 9-5 or visit us at www.projectTEACHny.org

 

2022 Telehealth Update Webinar

March 15, 2022
Presented by: Rachel Fernbach, Esq. 

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Seventh Annual Poster Contest 

Congratulations to our top 3 winners!

1st Place – Santiago Castaneda-Ramirez, MD (Lincoln Hospital) “Systemic Review: Electroconvulsive therapy for treatment resistant mood disorders in children and adolescents”

2nd Place – York Teng, MD (Stony Brook University) “Military Sexual Trauma and Combat Exposure: A Review of Mental and Physical Health Outcomes”

3rd Place – Ali Mahmood Khan, MD (NYU Langone) “Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS) vs. Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) Treatment for Major Depressive Disorder and Bipolar Depression: A Comparative Meta-Analytic Review”

Below are the top 12 posters (listed alphabetically) out of 24 submissions.
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2022 Medicare Fee Schedules

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NYSPA Structural Racism Task Force Statement (1 October 2021)

In the context of the killing of George Floyd and the disproportionate burden of the COVID pandemic on Black Americans, NYSPA, like the APA and other national medical organizations, has undertaken to address structural racism – the long-standing combination of public policies, institutional practices and social forces, ideologies, and processes that generate and perpetuate inequities among races. NYSPA commits to understanding and acknowledging the history of racism in American society, including its role in sustaining inequality and discrimination. NYSPA undertakes to use a social justice lens to achieve diversity, equity and inclusion.

NYSPA we’ll take the following steps to achieve racial equity for all the residents of NY State:

  • NYSPA affirms that structural racism is a public health crisis and a root cause of health inequities that shapes and influences healthcare, medical education and organized medicine, including psychiatry.
  • NYSPA Supports and endorses the work of the APA Presidential Task Force to Address Structural Racism Throughout Psychiatry
  • NYSPA will systematically evaluate its policies and procedures to ensure that it supports equity in all aspects of its work, and that a record of this process is visible to all members.
  • NYSPA will advocate for mental health care reform, making equitable, quality mental health treatment & services a priority
  • NYSPA will urge all district branches to affirm that racism is a public health crisis & that their mission statements, policies, and procedures support Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.
  • NYSPA will work collaboratively with all district branches to develop a strategic plan to improve recruitment, retention, promotion, support, and mentoring of historically marginalized members.
  • NYSPA commits to adopting ongoing recommendations made by the Task Force to address structural racism.
 

2022 Medicare Update Webinar

Presented by: Rachel Fernbach, Esq. and Seth P. Stein, Esq.
Webinar Date: December 15, 2021

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NYSPA-Inspired Law Leads NYS Department of Financial Services To Recoup $3.1 Million from Insurers for Violations of Mental Health & Substance Use Disorder Parity Laws

Garden City, NY – The New York State Psychiatric Association (NYSPA) is pleased to report that the Department of Financial Services (DFS) recently recovered $3.1 million from insurance carriers doing business in New York for violations of federal and state mental health and substance use disorder parity laws. This recovery is a direct result of the Mental Health and Substance Use Parity Report Act, a state law enacted in 2018/2019, which was envisioned and championed by NYSPA.  

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State vs. Federal Telemedicine Updates

In order to further assist our members, NYSPA has put together a chart outlining several legal and practice issues relating to telemedicine, both from a state and federal perspective.  To view the chart, please click here.

 

TELEMEDICINE UPDATE

On June 24, 2021, Governor Cuomo declared an end to the New York State COVID-19 disaster emergency.  The following is a summary of current New York laws and regulations that impact the delivery of telemedicine.    

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Sixth Annual Poster Contest 

Congratulations to our top 3 winners!

1st Place – Michael Chung, M.D. (SUNY Downstate)– “Prevalence of Tobacco and Alcohol Use Problems among Individuals with Panic Disorder: Differences by Sex not Race”.

2nd Place – Rachel Kim, M.D. (Mt. Sinai) – “Metabolic Outcomes of Weight Restoration Treatment for Anorexia Nervosa”

3rd Place – Timothy Becker, M.D. (Mt. Sinai) – “Systematic review of e-cigarette use (vaping) and mental health comorbidity in adolescents”.

Below are the top 11 posters (listed alphabetically) out of 19 submissions.
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SCAM WARNING -- INDIVIDUALS POSING AS EMPLOYEES OF NYS EDUCATION DEPARTMENT

We are writing to warn our members about a recent scam being perpetrated by individuals posing as employees of the New York State Education Department (SED).  A NYSPA member was recently contacted by individuals we believe to be part of this ongoing scam.  The call appeared to come from the general phone number of the SED Office of the Professions.  The scammers knew the name and NPI of the psychiatrist and stated that the psychiatrist was currently being investigated by the FBI.  The callers claimed that the FBI had been trying to reach the psychiatrist for the past 10 days in connection with alleged criminal activity involving controlled substances and provided a docket number and a case number, both apparently fictitious.  The callers claimed that the psychiatrist’s medical license had been suspended and, most suspiciously, instructed the psychiatrist not to tell anyone about the call.  The scammers did not leave a call back number or provide anything in writing to the psychiatrist. 

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2021 Medicare Update Webinar - Part 2

Presented by: Seth Stein, Esq. & Rachel Fernbach, Esq.
Webinar Date: December 14, 2020

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2021 Medicare Update Webinar - Part 1

Presented by: Seth P. Stein, Esq. & Rachel Fernbach, Esq.
Webinar Date: October 20, 2020

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