Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Discover a Better Understanding of Mental Health Medicine How to register: Print a Registration form. Accommodations: Click here to make your hotel reservations or call (256) 428-2000 and reference the Alabama Psychiatric Physicians Association.   FRIDAY, OCTOBER 10 TBA Early Exhibitor Set-Up at The Westin Huntsville   6:30 – 9 p.m. Bollywood Bash Welcome Dinner at Springhill Suites   SATURDAY, OCTOBER 11 7 – 8 a.m. Conference Registration Breakfast with Exhibitors (exhibits open all day) […]


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CMS has temporarily suspended access to its new Open Payments System database that keeps track of payments physicians receive from the pharmaceutical and medical device industries.  The suspension was announced after technical problems with the system were publicized.  Currently, physicians are not able to complete registering with the Open Payments System, or to review their portfolio.


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JASPER, Ala. — District Judge Greg Williams will preside over a first for Walker County, a veterans-only court docket. Current or former members of the military who are arrested on criminal charges will now have a choice between either standing trial or entering the Walker County Veterans Court. The first session is Thursday. Individuals must commit to the program for one year. They will be required to attend treatment for mental health or substance abuse […]


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ALEXANDRIA, Va., Aug. 12, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire Robin Williams’ tragic and untimely death after a decades-long battle against bipolar disorder reminds us that mental illnesses are all too often serious and life-threatening chronic diseases. Mental illnesses—especially serious ones—rob us of our health and well-being.  They present daily challenges that can sometimes overwhelm us.  No one is immune to them.  And no matter how many resources they have or how successful they may appear to be, they […]


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A federal agency has slapped Alabama’s private inmate health care provider Corizon with a $71,000 fine for failing to protect employees from violence at a New York prison, the New York Times reports. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration investigation showed that Corizon “failed to address the serious problems of assaults against its employees” at Rikers Island, according to the report. Read more


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COURTESY OF KAISER HEALTH NEWS — Primary care doctors have reported problems making referrals for patients who have purchased some of the cheaper plans from the federal insurance marketplace. Complaints about narrow networks with too few doctors have attracted the attention of federal regulators and have even prompted lawsuits. But they’re also causing headaches in the day-to-day work of doctors and clinics. “The biggest problem we’ve run into is figuring out what specialists take a lot of […]


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MONTGOMERY — The Medical Association of the State of Alabama has created a registry of private physicians prepared to help veterans across Alabama get the timely care they need outside the traditional Veterans Affairs setting. “Our nation is indebted to our veterans for the great service they have given this country,” MASA President Ron Franks, MD, said, “and Alabama’s physicians want to step up and help the VA deliver the care our veterans need and deserve.” […]


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