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.

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

February 09, 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.

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.

Obama Drug Misuse Strategy Targets Physician Education

June 29, 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.