Multidisciplinary Team Explores Link Between Asthma and DepressionAugust 16th 2019
In a first-of-its-kind study, researchers from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Montefiore Health System, and Albert Einstein College of Medicine are working together to examine the link between depression and asthma in older adults.
CDC Report Finds ADHD Diagnosis, Treatment in Children and Adolescents Continue to RiseDecember 4th 2013
ADHD is on the rise according to a new report from the CDC, and most youngsters with the diagnosis are receiving treatment for the disorder. But the report raises a number of clinical implications . . .
Modest-But Clinically Useful-Changes for Psychotic Disorders in DSM-5October 4th 2013
This member of the DSM-5 Work Group for Psychotic Disorders describes the 8 dimensions used to define the presentation of psychosis-the biggest and most clinically important of the changes in the schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders section.
Limited Progress Made in Schizophrenia Understanding and TreatmentOctober 4th 2013
You’ve come a long way, baby. But maybe not long enough, according to Dr Rajiv Tandon, who shared the evolution of schizophrenia diagnosis and highlighted the current status for attendees at the US Psychiatric and Mental Health Congress.
From the Streets to the Rx Pad: Do Party Drugs Have a Place in the Medical Office?October 3rd 2013
Can drugs be categorized as good (eg, medicinal), bad (eg, recreational with deleterious side effects and addiction issues), or is there a middle ground? That was the underlying theme in a lecture at PsychCongress, “Perils and Promise of Psychoactive Drugs: A Focus on Harm Reduction Psychiatry.”
Mass Murderers: Lack of Communication and Myths May Hinder RecognitionOctober 1st 2013
Lack of communication is often a key factor in mass murder, according Phillip Resnick, MD. Although HIPAA is important, the safety of the individual and the public should outweigh privacy issues, and “risk to human life always trumps confidentiality.”
Take a Cup o’ Joe and Call Me in the Morning-Coffee Consumption Linked to Lower Suicide RiskSeptember 13th 2013
Most people look forward to their morning jolt from coffee, but could that cup of Joe be doing more than keeping us alert? According to researchers from Harvard University, java may indeed have another benefit-that of reducing suicide risk.
Parity Laws: Powerful Weapon-or Pipe Dream?May 6th 2013
Has the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity had any real impact on your ability to provide care to patients, or are you experiencing the shells and mortars of paperwork and denials? And will the average patient ever really benefit from the laws, or were they just passed to make the country feel better about the state of psychiatric care in the US?
Law Suit Filed Against Anthem for Discrimination, Violating Federal LawApril 12th 2013
Plaintiffs in this lawsuit claim that CPT coding policy has resulted in decreased reimbursement for psychiatrists, who will now receive 20% less for evaluation and management services than what Anthem pays other physicians.
White House Unveils BRAIN InitiativeApril 5th 2013
President Barack Obama proposed a new research initiative designed to further study and better understand, treat, prevent, and cure brain disorders including Alzheimer disease, traumatic brain injury, autism, posttraumatic stress disorder, and schizophrenia.
Discrimination and Parity Violation Claims Levied Against Anthem BCBS of ConnecticutMarch 19th 2013
Changes will mean patients will only be covered for psychiatrists’ services that include medical evaluation and management; CPT coding will not allow for coverage of psychotherapy as a separate and equal category for payment.
From Bath Salts to Spice and Beyond-Elucidating Emerging Drugs of AbuseNovember 22nd 2012
Spice, Bath Salts, and Salvia are emerging drugs of abuse, with patients increasingly turning to these agents. Since their legal status varies and they can be difficult to detect on standard drug tests, their popularity may be increasing.