The OPPA, a district branch of the American Psychiatric Association, is a statewide medical specialty organization whose more than 1,000 physician members specialize in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mental illnesses, including substance use disorders.
Getting psychiatric care in the United States is a lot harder than it should be. Patients around the country are having a hard time booking appointments for outpatient care, and face significant hurdles when it comes to receiving inpatient psychiatric care. Why is this the case?
Increasingly, mental health organizations are using telehealth tools to treat patients with emotional and psychological disorders. Like the Veterans Health Administration (a longtime telehealth adopter), South Carolina's DMH uses telehealth to support mental health patients in 20 of the state's 65 hospitals' emergency departments and 17 mental health centers across 46 counties.
A new study administered by the National Council for Behavioral Health and the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and published in Psychiatric Services today found many common insurance and state Medicaid policies may negatively impact patient health and impose a major workload on psychiatrists that takes time away from patient care and other important duties.
In case you missed it earlier this year, over 24,000 physicians in 25 specialties (7% or 1,680 of whom were psychiatrists) responded to this year's Medscape Compensation Report and described their 2013 compensation, number of hours worked, practice changes resulting from healthcare reform, and adaptations to the new healthcare environment.
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January 5, 2015