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 Following the December 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Maryland followed the lead of many other states in passing a package of new gun control legislation. Since our new gun law went into effect in October 2013, I've heard many questions from colleagues about interpretation and implementation of the law and what new obligations it imposes on clinicians, if any.  
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 On October 28, the Obama administration officially announced a policy change extending the deadline for obtaining health coverage by six weeks. Those who sign up by March 31 will not face a penalty.
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 Calls to the MPS patient referral service amply illustrate that many Maryland insurers have inflated provider directory lists, resulting in a complicated, arduous effort for policy holders to access their insurance coverage for mental health treatment. As Steve Daviss, M.D.
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October 2013 MPS News Is Attached.
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  Please open the attached risk management tip provided by Professional Risk Management Services, Inc.  
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To avoid the 1.5% negative payment adjustment, request that CMS calculate your quality data from administrative claims. You must register for the CMS-calculated administrative claims option by October 15, 2013.
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As of August 1, applicable manufacturers and group purchasing organizations began formally collecting financial relationship data for OPEN PAYMENTS reporting. Physicians should start tracking the information needed to comply with OPEN PAYMENTS program requirements:  
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Concerned or confused about Maintenance of Certification requirements? As mandated by the American Board of Medical Subspecialties, the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) has developed a Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program that includes four components:
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The Principles of Medical Ethics are published by the AMA as “standards of conduct that define the essentials of honorable behavior for the physician.” Recognizing that physicians in psychiatric practice may face special ethical problems, the APA publishes The Principles of Medical Ethics With Annotations Especially Applicable to Psychiatry.
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At the March Council meeting, nominees will be considered for the thirteenth Lifetime of Service Award to be given at the April 2013 MPS annual meeting. Council would appreciate member suggestions as to who should be selected.
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DHMH has now selected a model for its behavioral health integration initiative.  Model 2, which continues the “carve-out” approach for mental health services, will be implemented.  It uses an administrative services organization (ASO) with significant and meaningful performance risk at the ASO and behavioral health provider levels.
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As we approach the fourth anniversary of the enactment of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA) on October 3, 2008, your help is needed to make the purpose of the federal parity law a reality. Although MHPAEA was enacted nearly four years ago, a final rule implementing the law has not yet been issued.  Without a final rule from the Administration, many individuals seeking care for mental health and addictive disorders have been unable to access the health care services they need.
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MedChi and the Maryland Rx Card Program are making available to every Marylander access to the lowest price on prescriptions.  No enrollment forms, restrictions, waiting periods, or age/income requirements.   This program is accepted at more than 54,000 pharmacies across the country. Go to www.medchi.org and select “The Maryland Rx Card” to download a FREE prescription drug card.    
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To assist members of the healthcare community who may be treating patients affected by tragic events like the shootings in Aurora, the Sikh Temple shootings, or other tragic events, American Psychiatric Publishing is offering a free compilation of chapters from the recently published book
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The new Novitas Customer Service Center at https://www.novitas-solutions.com/csc/index.html has 6 main categories: Single Toll Free Service, References, System Access, Self Service Tools, Frequently Asked Questions, and Contact Information. In addition, new documents are available:
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Organized medicine is pushing back against a Medicare proposal to recoup overpayments quickly from physicians, who would be required to go back through up to 10 years of medical records when determining if they received excess pay. The AMA and about 110 state and specialty medical organizations have called on CMS to clarify — or in some cases abandon — new requirements that practices must return overpayments within 60 days.
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