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Understanding the Evidence: Off-label use of Atypical Antipsychotics 
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NEW PCSS-O Online Module!
Opioids for Pain Treatment in Persons with Addiction
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From Florida Board of Medicine:
As the renewal period for licenses expiring January 31, 2015 continues, it is important to remember that this is the last renewal period in which CME reporting through CE Broker will be optional for Group 2 renewals. Beginning with the February 1, 2015-January 31, 2017 biennium, reporting CME through CE Broker will be Mandatory. Reporting through CE Broker is already mandatory for Group 1 renewals in the February 1, 2014-January 31, 2016 biennium. For more information about CME reporting through CE Broker, please visit http://www.ceatrenewal.com/. 

Additionally, if you are having difficulty fulfilling your CME requirements for renewal, please keep in mind that, unfortunately, the Board of Medicine does not have the authority to grant CME hardship exemptions. A license cannot be renewed without proof of completion of all CME requirements, so please be mindful of this as the biennium comes to a close. 

If you have any questions or concerns about this, or any other matter, please contact the Board Office at (850) 245-4131 or MQA.Medicine@flhealth.gov.

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Building a Career in Psychiatry

The APA's website has included a new members-only resource with the purpose of helping medical students, residents, fellows, and early career physicians to successfully prepare for the transition points. To learn more, visit http://www.psychiatry.org/residents if you are a resident or fellow and visit http://www.psychiatry.org/medical-students if you are a medical student.

New Medicare Form Required

Starting April 1, Medicare claims must be submitted with a new version of Form 1500, the 2/12 1500. Detailed information about the form can be accessed here. The form, which can be used now, was modified so that it can be used with the ICD-10 diagnosis coding that goes into effect October 1.

HIPAA Information

Complete HIPAA information is available online from the HIPAA website for the Department of Health and Human Services as well as their regional helpline number: 866-627-7748

HHS Office of Civil Rights Issues New FAQ on HIPAA Allowable Disclosures to Families                   

The Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights (OCR) has issued new subregulatory guidance in the form of Frequently Asked Questions that discusses when it is permitted under the HIPAA privacy rule to disclose protected health information (PHI) to families of individuals with mental illness. Notably, the FAQ clears up a grey area in HIPAA regulations as to whether psychiatric incapacity is included in the definition of incapacity for purposes of disclosure of PHI to family members of potentially non-consenting adults.

Up to now it had been unclear as to whether covered entities are permitted to discuss treatment information with the families of non-consenting adults if there is not a "serious and imminent threat" of harm to self or others. 

In defining psychiatric incapacity for purposes under HIPAA, the FAQ states that providers may exercise their professional judgment to determine if a patient does not have the capacity to meaningfully agree or object to the sharing of PHI. The full details this category of permissible disclosures can be found in the fourth question in the FAQ linked above. APA maintains a HIPAA landing page with access to this and other resources including our HIPAA practice and procedure manuals which are a member only benefit.  

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