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Embrace this Fall Season

PaPS President's Message: Gail A. Edelsohn, MD, MSPH, DLFAPA, discusses how PaPS works all year round to fulfill their mission of high-quality service. Read more.
Should We Hope for a World with Less Genes for Schizophrenia?
Newsletter editor Edward Leonard, MD, DLFAPA, asks "Should we hope for a World with less genes for Schizophrenia?'

From the Editor's Column: "To expand my understanding of how scientists and their critics consider the human genome, I read Jennifer A. Doudna and Samuel H. Sternberg’s A Crack in Creation: Gene Editing and the Unthinkable Power to Control Evolution."  Read more.

Legal Insight

Julia Coelho, Esquire
McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC
PaPS General Counsel

In the last decade, and more recently with the changes brought on by the Affordable Care Act, the number of physicians (including psychiatrists) opting out of independent practice and joining health systems has increased significantly. 

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What's in a Name?
Executive Director and PaPS Lobbyist Deborah Shoemaker discusses the importance of the title "Physician" and what it really stands for to the outside world.

From the Activity Update: "Does a title really matter? Is it just hype? I guess it depends on who you ask as if the person’s qualifications or experience are more important than the prestige that goes with a title. For example, do you only like Aretha Franklin’s music because she is considered the Queen of Soul? Usain Bolt has been called the World’s Fastest Man."  Read more about how to fully represent Pennsylvania Psychiatrists in advocating for their profession and their patients, and to assure access to psychiatric service of high quality, through activities in education, shaping of legislation, and upholding ethical standards.

Insurance Prior Auth Delays Harm Patients - Doctors Must Be Part of the Solution

Insurance companies say they use prior authorization to prevent physicians from prescribing too much medication or ordering too many tests. But physicians say the use of prior auth has grown out of control – and few stories illustrate it better than that of Joe Stanziano.
Stanziano, who currently resides in Montgomery County (Pa.), owned a bakery in New Jersey. Ten years of carrying heavy bags of flour and working 18-hour days took a toll on his back. Stanziano had just undergone his fourth back surgery in five years and was taking pain medication to help with his recovery. Things were progressing well enough for Stanziano to begin taking a smaller dose of the pain medication – a process known as tapering that could eventually allow him to wean off the medication altogether.

The problem is, Stanziano’s insurance company denied payment of the lower dosage that his neurologist prescribed. Hours turned into days and Stanziano continued to wait for his insurance company’s approval. When his current allotment of pain medicine ran out, the withdrawal symptoms began. “Cold sweats. Shaking. You don’t have control,” Stanziano described.

This wasn’t a one-time mistake by his insurance company.
Stanziano’s neurologist prescribed a lower dose of pain medication five times. It was denied five times for up to a week before it was approved.
As the delays grew longer and withdrawals continued, Stanziano opted to buy the medication out of own pocket. Each pill cost $60.

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Psychiatric Use of the Prescription Drug Medical Program 

Richard R. Silbert, MD, DLFAPA
PapPS Treasurer 
One member's view on the new PDMP

Since rollout of the Presciption Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) on August 25, 2016, several experiences to psychiatrists came as part of its utilization. these experiences 
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    The Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center Department of Psychiatry is currently recruiting board eligible/certified psychiatrists for inpatient and outpatient positions in both adult and child psychiatry.
We are growing, a vibrant department with a strong academic medical center. We host specialty clinical and research programs, including research that crosses the translational spectrum. Our educational programs include adult psychiatry residency, child fellowship, psychology internship, externship and post-doctoral fellows. We have a strong collaboration with basic and clinical science in other neuroscience disciplines across several Penn State campuses. 

With our clinical partner, the Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute, the Department staffs several outpatient and partial hospital programs for children and adults, 89 inpatient beds, ECT and other neuromodulation services, specialty sleep and eating-disorders programs, and expanding psychiatric consultation and integrated care programs for Hershey Medical Center. 

Successful candidates should have strong teaching as well as clinical skills and,
potential for scientific and scholarly achievement. We offer an attractive compensation package commensurate with qualifications. Tenure-track positions are possible. May be eligible for J-1 Waiver. 

For consideration, send your CV to:
Greg Emerick, Physician Recruiter
Phone: 717-531-4725

The Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey 
Medical Center is committed 
to affirmative
action, equal opportunity and the
diversity of its workforce. 
Equal Opportunity Employer – M/W/V/D 
October 2017 Issue

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Patient Safety & Risk Management Meeting 
Chubb Hotel & Conference Center Lafayette Hill, PA 

*Simulcast in Pittsburgh at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Suites, Pittsburgh, Downtown


PaPS Chapter Highlights

Read this e-News edition's updates on the PaPS Chapters to learn about recent and upcoming events near you!

We encourage you to contribute content to future newsletter issues. Email Chelsea Dimmig, PaPS Assistant Associate Executive with your news.  The health of the PaPS Chapters contributes to the health of PaPS as a whole. Below, discover more about the activities of the Central, Lehigh Valley, Northeastern, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Western Chapters.

For more PaPS Chapter news, check out the "Chapters" page of the PaPS website. 

Welcome New Members!

We welcome the following new members and congratulate those Members-in-Training who have recently achieved General Member status effective June 24, 2017- September 25, 2017)
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October Course of the Month- Neurocognitive Implications of Heavy Marijuana Use in Adolescence 

Each month, members have free access to an online CME course on a trending topic. The October course reviews neuroimaging evidence characterizing the neural sequelae of heavy marijuana use in youth using data from several studies. Click here to access the Course of the Month and sign up for updates about this free member benefit.


Help Us Help You!

PaPS has an immediate need for your contribution to our Pennsylvania Psychiatric Physicians' Political Action Committee (PPP-PAC) fund. By law, PaPS cannot use your dues funds to support the Pennsylvania legislators most supportive of mental health. For these purposes, the Society relies entirely on your PPP-PAC donations. By contributing to the PPP-PAC, you ensure your voice is heard in the PA General Assembly. To make an online donation, please click here.  If you prefer to pay by personal check, click here for the donation form. 

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