Author | Stephen Barlas


Medicare to Drop Antidepressants as Part D “Protected Class”

February 27, 2014


Starting in 2015, psychiatrists will have to juggle antidepressant selections for Medicare patients. What might this mean for your patients?

Final Parity Rule Fails to Address Psychiatrist Reimbursement Problems

January 24, 2014


Insurers appear to have plenty of leeway to continue-or even expand-the kind of anti-psychiatrist policies at the core of 2 lawsuits filed last year. Details here.

Update on Mental Health Benefits and Substance Use Disorder Services Under the Affordable Care Act

May 08, 2013


Come next year, psychiatrists will start seeing patients who have purchased new individual and small-group health plans on the state exchanges mandated by the Affordable Care Act.

Opportunities and Challenges Lurk for Psychiatrists as ACOs Proliferate

April 02, 2012


The emergence of accountable care organizations (ACOs) may spur changes in psychiatric care, especially among office-based practitioners.

Elimination of Psych Services at Cedars-Sinai Could Foreshadow Similar Cutbacks Elsewhere

February 08, 2012


Cedars, the preeminent private hospital in L.A. and considered the “hospital to the Hollywood stars,” said it would continue staffing of psychiatric support that is an adjunct to patient care throughout the medical center.

Unfavorable Changes to Medicare Pay Loom for Psychiatrists

January 05, 2012


The response of psychiatrists to Medicare’s continued inhospitability to psychiatrists in 2012 is cautious.

Medicare to Pay for Depression Screening in Primary Care

December 09, 2011


Medicare announced in October that it would pay for depression screening in primary care settings that have “staff-assisted depression care supports” in place to ensure accurate diagnosis, effective treatment, and follow-up.

Medicaid Demonstration Aims to Reduce “Psychiatric Boarding”

November 17, 2011


A new Medicaid demonstration program slated to begin next year will pilot a solution to the problem of “psychiatric boarding,” which has plagued general hospitals for many years.

Medicare-Proposed Standards for CMHCs Spotlight Psychiatrists’ Role on Treatment Team

September 09, 2011


The proposed Conditions of Participation (CoPs) from Medicare for community mental health centers (CMHCs) could expand the role and responsibilities of psychiatrists both in and beyond Medicare facilities.

Obama Drug Misuse Strategy Targets Physician Education

June 28, 2011


The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy will work with Congress to pass new legislation requiring all physicians with Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) registrations to undergo mandatory education on the use of long-acting and extended-release opioids.