What’s New at the APA
Ramaswamy Viswanathan, M.D., DrMedSc, DLFAPA was chosen by APA members to be the next President-Elect of the association. Dr. Viswanathan’s term as President-Elect will begin at the conclusion of the Annual Meeting this May, and he will assume the Presidency the following year in May 2024. You can read about Dr. Viswanathan’s priorities for his presidential year and see the full APA election results here.
APA Publishing has released updated practice guidelines for the treatment of patients with eating disorders. The practice guideline includes 16 clinical recommendations or suggestions, as well as accompanying tools to implement them. Read more about the updated guidelines and find other resources, including a CME course and pocket guide for clinicians.
The Biden Administration has announced the end of the COVID-19 Federal Public Health Emergency (PHE) effective May 11th. Psychiatrists will then be required to see a patient in person at least once in order to prescribe a controlled substance. You can view this short explainer video featuring Dr. Shabana Khan, M.D. and find more information about the PHE and other COVID-19 resources here.
Key Dates and Observances
APA Communications staff maintains a calendar of key dates, observances and events at APA and in the world of mental health in general. The calendar is kept up to date a few months in advance. You can view the calendar and keep track of important mental health dates and observances here.
March Course of the Month – Women’s Mental Health Care in 2022: Practice Tips and Resources for Advancing Quality and Reducing Risk
The care of women in life stages related to childbirth (pregnancy, postpartum, lactation) poses unique challenges and risks for psychiatrists. Obtaining timely, relevant, and evidence-based information in a rapid and easily understandable format is critical for both psychiatrists and patients, as well as developing strategies for ensuring safe and quality care and mitigating any practice risks. This course will review cases, debate best practices, and review risk management strategies.
Click here to access the Course of the Month and sign up for updates about this free member benefit.
Animated Explainer Videos on Common Disorders
APA has developed a series of animated explainer videos on commonly searched mental disorders and other conditions related to mental health. The videos cover topics including OCD, Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, and Climate Change, among others. You can see all of the videos in English here, and in Spanish here. Be sure to subscribe to APA’s YouTube Channel as new videos on other topics and disorders are added on a regular basis.
Secure Your Spot at the 2023 Annual Meeting
Join us at the 2023 Annual Meeting, in San Francisco, May 20-24 to connect with world-renowned experts and professionals in psychiatry while enjoying the rich opportunities that the “Golden Gate City” has to offer! Learn More and Register Today!
Emerging Topics Webinar Series – Free Recordings Now Available
APA members joined member experts for webinars on Evaluation and Management (E/M) Coding and Documentation and Telepsychiatry (December 2022) and Hybrid Practice Post-PHE (January 2023) as part of APA’s Emerging Topics Webinar series. The December webinar highlighted changes to E/M coding and documentation for 2023 and responded to questions on outpatient services. The January webinar discussed telehealth flexibilities that were intended to facilitate access to care during the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE) and rules and regulations that will be back in place once the PHE ends. Recordings of both webinars are available now at no cost.
Evaluation, Management, Coding, and Documentation – What All Psychiatrists in Clinical Practice Need to Know
APA Communications Monthly Themes: March 2023
APA’s Communications Division has developed monthly themes that serve as conceptual anchors for APA communications efforts each month. March 2023 will focus on Pets & Mental Health, Women’s Mental Health, and Gambling Awareness. You can find a social media toolkit for March’s #Paws4MentalHealth campaign here. Visit APA’s social channels to participate in the conversation each month.