American Psychiatric Association Launches New Online Registry

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Dr. Antonio Bullon currently serves as the medical director of the geriatric treatment unit at MetroWest Medical Center in Natick, Massachusetts, where he specializes in the treatment of dementia, depression, and neurodegenerative disorders. To stay abreast of new professional developments, Dr. Antonio Bullon is a member of the American Psychiatric Association.

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) recently announced a new tool, dubbed PyschPRO (Psychiatric Patient Registry Online), which will serve as a comprehensive registry system aimed at meeting MACRA (Medicare Access & CHIP Reauthorization Act) benchmarks outlined by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The APA is also touting the registry as a boon for future research efforts.

In conjunction with its launch, the APA also identified Sheppard Pratt Health System in Baltimore, Maryland, as the pilot center for PsychPRO.

The goal of the registry is to give providers an easy platform in which to aggregate and submit their quality reports. The tool also functions as a service for patients to interact with their providers, making it easier to chart overall progress. In addition, PsychPRO will also serve as a gateway for psychiatrists to send in required documents to be recertified annually by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

APA Learning Center Activities Provide Psychiatric Knowledge

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An attending psychiatrist at Mount Auburn Hospital in Maryland, Dr. Antonio Bullon cares for patients who are elderly and who have been admitted for the evaluation and management of neuropsychiatric disorders. Also active within his professional community, Dr. Antonio Bullon belongs to the American Psychiatric Association.

With over 37,000 members, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) organizes a number of programs and events focused on improving member practices and education. One of the organization’s educational resources is the APA Learning Center.

Through the Learning Center, professionals are given the opportunity to meet MOC requirements, learn new skills, and earn CME credits. This can be accomplished by accessing any of the Learning Center’s more than 200 educational activities. The activities offered allow participants to take courses in specific subject areas as well as review books and articles relating to the field. On-demand courses and live events can both be accessed through the Learning Center.

As different activities are completed, the APA Learning Center automatically reflects them on an individual’s APA Transcript. This transcript also allows professionals to record their work from other CME providers through the APA’s External Certificate feature.

All of the APA Learning Center’s activities are available at a minimal cost or for free. Although the Center is available to both members and non-members, the organization does offer special activity pricing to professionals who belong to the APA.

APA Applauds New Parity Guidelines

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An accomplished and experienced psychiatrist, Dr. Antonio Bullon serves as the medical director of the geriatric and neuropsychiatry treatment unit at MetroWest Medical Center in Natick, Massachusetts. In an effort to network with other professionals and stay up to date on the latest trends and research in psychiatry, Dr. Antonio Bullon maintains an active membership in the American Psychiatric Association (APA).

The APA recently came out in support of new policy initiatives by the White House’s Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Parity Task Force aimed at providing fair insurance coverage for individuals who require treatment for mental health conditions, including substance addiction.

The new policy guidelines were developed by the Task Force after soliciting input from key stakeholders in various focus groups. Some of these stakeholders included consumers, caregivers, and health plan providers. The APA also made suggestions in writing after last May’s annual meeting in which members had the opportunity to collaborate on the issue.