Saturday, August 1, 2015

On Tuesday, May 12, the Alabama Psychiatric Physicians Association sent invitation letters to approximately 125 members who are eligible to apply for Distinguished Fellow or Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association (APA). Distinguished Fellow applications and supporting materials should be sent to the APPA office in Montgomery by Monday, June 15, for final submission to APA by June 30. Fellow applications should be submitted directly to the APA by Sept. 1.  


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The Senate voted on Tuesday night 92-8 to permanently repeal the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula for physician reimbursement under Medicare. The Senate vote on H.R. 2, which passed the House on March 26, sends the bill to President Obama for his signature. The president has already indicated he would sign the bill.  To read the positions of Alabama’s senators on the issue go to Senator Sessions’ website and Senator Shelby’s website.   The measure […]


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After overwhelming passage in the House of Representatives to permanently repeal Medicare’s sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula, the U.S. Senate adjourned Thursday night  for a two-week break without taking action. By law, doctors are to receive a 21 percent cut in Medicare reimbursements as of April 1. However, under current law, electronic claims are not paid by CMS sooner than 14 calendar days (29 days for paper claims) after the date of receipt. CMS will […]


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Permanent SGR repeal is one step closer to reality. After 17 temporary patches, the House of Representatives voted 392-37 to pass the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, H.R. 2. Medical societies across the nation, including the Alabama Gastroenterological Society, have worked tirelessly over the years to permanently repeal the SGR and put an end to temporary short-term patches. Your response to our calls to action has been heard! Now it’s the U.S. Senate’s turn […]


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Staff at the Renaissance Montgomery Hotel and Spa have notified us that they are sold out of rooms for our conference dates.    To be placed on a waiting list for the Renaissance Hotel, contact APPA Executive Director Jennifer Hayes at (334) 954-2500.   Please check the following downtown Montgomery hotels for rooms: Hampton Inn (across the street from the Renaissance Hotel) 100 Commerce Street Montgomery, AL 36104 (855) 271 – 3622 Doubletree Inn (a […]


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The Medical Foundation of Alabama has approved the 2015 APPA Spring Conference - Making Headlines: An examination of top psychiatric issues in today’s news - for Category 1 CME.   The Medical Foundation of Alabama designates this live activity for a maximum of 14 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.   This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the […]


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