Founded in 1949, the Washington Psychiatric Society (WPS), a 501(c)(6) non-profit association is a professional, non-profit medical specialty organization with 900 psychiatrists. WPS advocates on behalf of members and their patients, provides quality continuing medical education programs, and educates the public on mental health issues.

WPS covers the National Capital Area with regional chapters representing the District of Columbia, Suburban Maryland (Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties) and Northern Virginia (the Cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, and Falls Church and Arlington and Fairfax Counties), and is a District Branch of the internationally recognized American Psychiatric Association (APA).


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Our Magazine:  Capital Psychiatry
Winter 2023 Issue


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2022 Self-Audit for Psychiatrists

Our new 2022 self-audit is available for review. There are 10 questions for psychiatrists’ consideration, along with PRMS’ risk management thoughts and resources. The self-audit is available here.


December Fact vs. Fiction Resource

I would like to speak with my patient’s PCP to discuss medication issues.  Since it is for treatment, I can communicate with his current treaters, even without his permission.

What do you think - fact or fiction?


ANSWER: Fact! Federal and some state law explicitly permit the sharing of patient information for treatment purposes (except information related to substance abuse treatment).

Under HIPAA’s Privacy Rule, covered entities have regulatory permission to share protected health information for treatment purposes (as well as for payment and healthcare operations).  This is explained in greater detail in OCR’s FAQ.  Covered entities should include this in their Notice of Privacy Practices.  For an example, see OCR’s Model Notice of Privacy Practices.   

Additionally, some states specifically allow all providers to share information for treatment purposes without patient permission.  For example, under California law:

(a) A provider of health care…shall not disclose medical information regarding a patient of the provider of health care without first obtaining an authorization, except as provided in  subdivision (b) or (c)…

(c) A provider of health care… may disclose medical information as follows:
          (1) The information may be disclosed to providers of health care, health care service plans, contractors, or other health care professionals or facilities for purposes of diagnosis or treatment of the patient.

Given the reluctance of various entities (notably hospitals and labs) to rely on this regulatory permission, you may want to have patients sign a consent to the sharing of treatment information with others involved in the patient’s care.  Obtaining such a consent is a good way to manage patient expectations and preserve trust within your treatment relationship.

This consent should be general and should not name specific providers.  It could be as simple as this:

I consent to [clinician’s name] obtaining and sharing my health information with other treating providers involved in my care for purposes of providing and coordinating my care.
Patient Signature: __________________________ Date _______________

Tonya Davies Honored as a 2022 Women to Watch

We are delighted to share that PRMS’ Chief Operating Officer, Tonya Davies was recently named a 2022 Women to Watch honoree by Business Insurance magazine. Pictured is Tonya accepting her award at the Awards & Leadership Conference in New York City earlier this month.
Tonya Davies PRMS


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Critical Conversation
The Scourge of Prior Authorization: FIGHTING BACK

Thursday, January 26, 2023
7:30 pm on Zoom
Please join us for a conversation a topic that is impacting all of us, and make you opinion heard!


 WPS Member News  

2023-24 Elections:
Help Shape the Future of WPS Today!

Nominations have closed - Congratulations to everyone who submitted a nomination and to all those who were nominated! 

WPS Members: Write for Capital Psychiatry Magazine Now!

Accepting Submissions for the Spring Edition. Thank you to everyone who made a submission for the Winter Edition!
Email [email protected] with questions or submissions.

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Past Events of Interest

2022 WPS Fall Symposium was held on Saturday, October 29, 2022. 
Trauma & Mental Health: Risks, Resiliency, Recovery

Be on the look out for the next WPS Presidential Symposium in the Spring on April 29, 2023 where you can earn CME credit and learn about another timely topic!

 The WPS Awards Dinner was held on May 12, 2022, at Maggiano's Little Italy in Chevy Chase.

View the 2022 Award Winners

Do You Want to Reform Prior Authorization in DC?

Councilmember Mary Cheh has introduced B24-6555, Prior Authorization Reform Amendment Act. The bill was co-introduced by Councilmembers Allen, Bonds, Lewis George, and Gray. The bill is supported by MSDC and modeled after the American Medical Association's prior auth guidance. Learn more at our prior auth webpage, www.msdc.org/priorauth.

We have been fighting this issue for ten years, and this may be our best chance to pass these reforms. Below are four ways you can help fix DC prior auth today.

  1. Share your prior authorization (horror) story
  2. Contact the Council (and let MSDC know)
  3. Spread the word
  4. Add your name to our special prior auth update list
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