Tuesday, August 9, 2011

New APA Primer Unravels Mysteries Of Health Care Reform

To many psychiatrists and other physicians, the intricacies of the health care reform law resemble pieces of a puzzle they have had assemble on their own, but APA has come up with a straightforward guide to solving the puzzle in the new publication "Health Care Reform: A Primer for Psychiatrists."

The manual is a collaborative effort by APA's Publishing Division and the Department of Government Relations (DGR) to help psychiatrists understand how the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act affects them and the patients they treat. The primer includes articles on health care reform from Psychiatric News, the American Journal of Psychiatry, and Psychiatric Services and information prepared by DGR. Among the topics discussed are coverage of mental health care services under the reform law, the integration of mental health and general health care, and how the insurance market will be structured under the reform law.

The primer is posted at www.appi.org/SiteCollectionDocuments/Journals/PSY/HealthCareReform.pdf.

Read more about how the reform law is changing psychiatric practice in Psychiatric News at http://pn.psychiatryonline.org/content/46/6/9.2.full.

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