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April 2015


Washington Psychiatrist Magazine
Spring 2015 Issue

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WPS Nominations 2015-2016
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Mental Health Privacy Update
Behavioral Health Coordination of Care Amendment Act of 2015:Bill 21-0007 the Behavioral Health Coordination of Care Amendment Act of 20151 was introduced on January 4, 2015 and a hearing was scheduled for February 4, 2015. The proposed bill would permit mental health information to be shared within a health care system based on HIPAA release of information criteria. Read more

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DC Physician Licensure
The physician license renewal period opened October 1, 2014. MSDC Members may contact the Medical Society at (202) 466-1800 with questions or issues related to the physician license renewal period. Members have access to a range of FREE HIV/AIDS CME opportunities to help meet the District's new HIV/AIDS CME requirement.For information about these CME opportunities, contact Pia Duryea at 202-355-9414 or duryes@msdc.org.


WPA 2015 Bucharest International Congress -June 24-27
Dr. Sorel would like to invite all WPS members to join him at this historic congress at the Palace of Parliament in Bucharest Romania in June 24-27, 2015. Download information here.


Slate of Candidates Announced for the 2015 APA Election
The APA Nominating Committee, chaired by Jeffrey A. Lieberman, M.D., reports the following slate of candidates for the 2015 Election. This slate is considered public, but not official, until the Board of Trustees approves it at their December 2014 meeting. The deadline for petition candidates is November 15, 2014. All candidates and supporters should review the updated Election Guidelines. For more election information, please visit the Election section under the Board of Trustees on the APA website or email election@psych.org.


With the assistance of the APA Office of Communications and Public Affairs, we are exploring the WPS membership interest in participating in a training session for interacting with members of the media. This training would help us to reach out to members of the media to encourage appropriate commentary about psychiatric issues of community interest and importance. The training would likely occur on a future Saturday or Sunday yet to be determined. If you have interest in attending such a session, please email WPS Public Affairs Representative Charles Kaelber, providing your contact information, and any topics of special interest or expertise you have.

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Career, Leadership, and Mentorship Program
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CPT Coding Changes for 2014
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WPS Master Calendar
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Presidential Symposium on Psychiatric Integrated Care
April 11, 2015
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WPS/APA Media Training Program
April 25, 2015
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WPS Awards Dinner
April 30, 2015
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