Past News

November 2018 APA Assembly Notes Now Available 
November 28, 2018

To view, click here. (Members Only) 

NYSPA Bulletin to NYCPS Members: Parity Reporting Act
October 23, 2018

NYSPA urges members to write Governor Cuomo to encourage him to sign A.3694-C, the MH/SUD Parity Reporting Act, into law. This legislation, which passed both the Senate and Assembly nearly unanimously, would require insurers, health plans and behavioral health benefit managers to submit data to the Department of Financial Services to ensure compliance with parity laws. The American Psychiatric Association has written in support of the New York legislation, characterizing it as “among the strongest parity compliance reporting measures in the nation.”

All NYSPA and NYCPS members can send a letter to the Governor by using the MSSNY Physician Advocacy site here.

New Sexual Harassment Prevention Requirements in New York
October 1, 2018

Earlier this year, both New York State and New York City enacted legislation intended to prevent sexual harassment in the workplace. The laws impose heightened requirements on employers, including new administrative and training requirements and apply to all employers, regardless of size - even those employers who employ only one employee. On Monday, October, 1, 2018, the New York State Department of Labor issued updated FAQs, guidance and model documents to assist employers in complying with the new standards. Learn more on the New York State Psychiatric Association's (NYSPA) website here

Protect Funding for the Minority Fellowship Program - Help Ensure Diversity in the Mental Health Workforce
June 8, 2018

Ethnic minorities make up more than 28 percent of the nation’s population, yet less than 20 percent of the United States’ mental health workforce consist of ethnic minorities. This lack of diversity can lead to significant and persistent health disparities between different racial and ethnic populations. For nearly 45 years, the Minority Fellowship Program, the only federal program that supports culturally competent mental health and substance use disorders professionals, has successfully encouraged more clinicians from racial and ethnic minorities to engage in work designed to enhance and diversify the mental health workforce and improve behavioral health outcomes for underserved communities. Urge your members of Congress to fully fund this vital program!

Learn more here.

May 2018 APA Assembly Notes Now Available 
June 8, 2018

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November 2017 APA Assembly Notes Now Available
November 30, 2017

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100% Pre-Payment Review of CPT Code 99214 
June 28, 2017

Medicare has initiated a special targeted pre-payment review of all CPT code 99214 services.  After conducting a review of documentation for this level outpatient office visit for an established patient, Medicare has concluded that the documentation often failed to meet the CPT documentation requirements for this service.  Psychiatrists may be using Code 99214 in combination with an add-on psychotherapy visit such as 90833, 90836, or 90838. 

To learn more visit NYSPA's website by clicking here. (Members Only) 

May 2017 APA Assembly Notes now available. 
June 28, 2017

To view, click here. (Members Only) 

Mandatory Prescribing Education Requirement Information
April, 7 2017

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APA Releases Letter to the House Opposing the American Health Care Act (AHCA)
March 22, 2017

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APA Sends Letter to Congressional Leadership Requesting Changes to the ACA: Do Not Undo Gains Made for Individuals With Mental Illness 
January 5, 2017

Read the letter here

21st Century Cures Act Passed
December 7, 2016

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New Federal Nondiscrimination Notice Requirement
October 16, 2016

This requirement applies to those who are enrolled in and receiving payment from the Medicaid fee-for-service program or receive Medicare or Medicaid EHR incentive payments. The following must be posted or available in your office:

  • A Notice of Nondiscrimination
  • A statement regarding the availability of free language assistance in at least the top 15 languages spoken in the State by persons with limited English proficiency.

Documents must be posted in your office (and on your practice website, if you have one) no later than October 16, 2016.

Learn more here

NY Senate and Assembly Pass Step Therapy Bill Designed to Help With Fail First Appeals
June 16, 2016

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Parity for Telehealth 
June 15, 2016

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