Psychiatric Times Vol 27 No 9

Psychosocial Interventions for Depressed Older Adults With Cognitive Impairment and Disability

September 15, 2010

Depression, cognitive impairment, and disability often coexist in older adults. Therefore, to effectively treat late-life depression, clinicians need to evaluate the presence and degree of the patient’s cognitive deficits and level of disability.

Medicare Change to “Privileging by Proxy” Could Hurt Psychiatrists Providing Telepsychiatry

September 01, 2010

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) wants rural hospitals and critical access hospitals (CAHs) to take certain new steps to ensure that the private-office psychiatrists they connect to in big cities for telemedicine services are qualified for that purpose.

Demand for Psychiatrists Continues to Grow

September 01, 2010

If surveys conducted by physician recruiting companies accurately reflect current trends in the job market, the news is very good for psychiatrists-and less promising for many patients with mental health disorders.

Rape, Psychiatry, and Constitutional Rights-Hard Cases Make For Very Bad Law

September 01, 2010

The most disturbing turbulence at the boundary between psychiatry and the law is the misuse of a makeshift psychiatric diagnosis to justify the involuntary, indefinite psychiatric commitment of rapists. This is a disguised form of preventive detention and an abuse of psychiatry.