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The “Whole-Patient” Approach to Psychiatric Diagnosis

Topics: DSM | Practice Tools and Tips

This month marks the one-year anniversary of the publication of DSM-5. Designed as an atheoretical research tool to establish a reliable and consistent way to make psychiatric diagnoses without any comment as to their underlying cause, the DSM has become the go-to clinical diagnostic resource for mental health professionals. Unfortunately, many are u

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The Trouble with DSM-5

Topics: DSM | Practice Tools and Tips

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Caring for Clinical Caregivers

Topics: Addiction | Practice Tools and Tips

In today’s fast-paced, technology-focused, and cost-conscious healthcare environment, many clinical caregivers find themselves anxious, frustrated, and under pressure. For people working in substance abuse treatment, those feelings can be magnified as they work with patients with chronic illnesses who often struggle to change their lives, frequentl

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Legal Dimensions of Bad Outcomes

Topics: Addiction | Practice Tools and Tips

Mark Whitmore can be contacted at mwhitmore@bassford.com

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An Ethical Perspective on the Affordable Care Act

Topics: Practice Tools and Tips

The mission of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), commonly referred to as “the ACA” or “Obamacare,” is to secure health care for all US citizens, regardless of age, gender, race, medical history, or socioeconomic status. Provisions of the ACA, originally approved in 2010, are set to take effect by 2020, and generally fall

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Understanding the Physician Payment Sunshine Act

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Maintenance of Certification and Maintenance of Licensure

Topics: Practice Tools and Tips

If you’ve recently become a board certified psychiatrist, you’re probably aware of the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. MOC was created in 2000 by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) for their 24 specialty boards, including the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN). It was designed to address a perceived need by t

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Running a Private Practice

Topics: Practice Tools and Tips

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Measuring the Quiet Man: Estimating Risk of Violence

Topics: Practice Tools and Tips

In the aftermath of a tragic event carried out by an individual with a psychiatric history, descriptions of the perpetrator as being in some way “off” or “quiet” have almost become cliché. And those clichés, when we inevitably compare them to our own patients, make many of us nervous. How many of our patients have said something, done somethin

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Fighting in the Trenches: A Practical Guide to Violence Risk Assessment and Management

Topics: Practice Tools and Tips

Dealing with potentially violent patients is daunting, but we can play an effective role in assessing and reducing violence risk. In this article I’ll discuss some practical techniques to help you accomplish this in everyday practice. Documentation of Risk Assessment For starters, a systematic risk assessment should serve as a separately labeled

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Patients, Families, and the Legal System

Topics: Practice Tools and Tips

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Research Update

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Treatment Resistant Depression

Topics: Practice Tools and Tips

Subject: Depression Short Description: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Treatment Resistant Depression Background: We have an abundance of medications to treat depression, but “treatment resistance” remains all too common. Accordingly, there has been a rise in the number of “augmentation” or “adjunctive” medications to address this

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Depression Rating Scales: Old Favorites and New Players

Topics: Practice Tools and Tips

When treating our depressed patients, objective clinical measures can help guide interventions and reassure us that the treatment course we are on is appropriate. Depression rating scales rose to popularity in the 1950s, primarily as tools to measure the effect of antidepressant medications. Today there are many scales to choose from. Psychiatrists fami

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ADHD, Rating Scales, and Your Practice Today

Topics: ADHD | Practice Tools and Tips

You greet a new patient who complains of difficulty concentrating at work and is unable to “keep up” since making partner at a law firm or becoming an attending physician at a hospital. Is this an authentic case of a high-functioning person with undiagnosed adult ADHD, a subtle request for performance enhancement, or something altogether different?

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PTSD in Veterans

Topics: Practice Tools and Tips | PTSD

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Research Update

Can Instant Messaging Enhance Treatment Outcomes?

Topics: Anxiety Disorder | Computers in Psychiatric Practice | Practice Tools and Tips | Research Updates | Smoking Cessation Agents

Subject: TECHNOLOGY Short Description: Can Instant Messaging Enhance Treatment Outcomes? Background: Whether you see your patients quarterly, monthly, or even weekly, you certainly are not with them as much as their cell phones are. Theoretically (at least, for some types of therapy), we could enhance treatment outcomes by texting patients ther

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Financial Incentives to Adopt an EHR, or How to Claim Your $44,000

Topics: Computers in Psychiatric Practice | Practice Tools and Tips

Most of you have probably heard about “meaningful use” and federal incentives to get going with an electronic health record. But how applicable is this for psychiatrists? And what in the world is “meaningful use” anyway? Reading this article may or may not make you any wealthier, but it will at least help you to decide whether it is worth the

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Pros and Cons of Adopting an Electronic Health Record

Topics: Computers in Psychiatric Practice | Practice Tools and Tips

Dr. Daviss is co-author of Shrink Rap: Three Psychiatrists Explain Their Work, and blogs at Shrink Rap and at HIT Shrink.

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An Update on Maintenance of Certification

Topics: Practice Tools and Tips

By now you’ve probably heard about the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology’s (ABPN) new Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Program for psychiatrists. If you haven’t taken some action dictated by the new process, we have some bad news—you're probably already behind. The good news is that there’s still plenty of time to catch up. In this

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Restricting Drug Samples May Reduce Costs

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