ATTN: NOTIFICATION TO PRACTITIONERS OF NEW REQUIREMENTS CONCERNING THE CONNECTICUT PRESCRIPTION MONITORING SYSTEM (CPMRS)
CPT Coding Changes for For Psychiatrists
Effective January 1, 2013, there will be many changes to the CPT Codes used by psychiatrists. Claims submitted after that date are likely to be rejected if the correct codes are not used. Please see below for some helpful links.
Maintenance of Certification
The Maintenance of Certification Program (MOC) of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology reflects the Board’s commitment to lifelong learning throughout one’s profession. The mission of MOC is to ensure that diplomates adhere to the highest standards in medicine and pursue excellence in all areas of care and practice improvement. The MOC program requires diplomates to participate in sanctioned self-assessment performance measures, identify perceived weaknesses in their knowledge, pursue learning activities tailored to areas that need to be strengthened, and develop quality improvement programs based on their clinical practice. The goal is for diplomates to reflect on their personal knowledge and performance and commit to a process of improvement and reevaluation of performance measures over a specified time frame that will ultimately lead to improved care for their patients.
APA-Endorsed Malpractice Insurance Program
The new APA Members Only Malpractice Insurance Program, administered by American Professional Agency, Inc. (“APA, Inc.”), is a medical malpractice program designed to meet the need of mental health professionals, specifically psychiatrists. APA, Inc. has been insuring psychiatrists for over 40 years and offers members risk management consultation services staffed by experienced professionals and additional discounts and benefits to APA members.
CME and Licensure Requirements for Connecticut
Beginning October 1, 2007, the act requires a physician applying for license renewal to have completed at least 50 contact hours of continuing education during the previous 24 months. A “contact hour” means a minimum of 50 minutes of continuing education activity. It must (1) be in the physician’s practice area; (2) reflect the physician’s professional needs in order to meet the public’s health care needs; and (3) include at least one contact hour of training or education in infectious diseases (e.g., AIDS, HIV), risk management, sexual assault, and domestic violence.
Please contact the Department of Public Health if you have any questions at (860) 509-8000. Click here for more information.
Medicare Fee Schedules/Updates
For Medicare Fee Schedules and Updates please click here.
American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
To access information about the Maintenance of Certification Program click here.
State of Connecticut Insurance Department
Attorney General of Connecticut
George C. Jespen
Office of the Attorney General, 55 Elm Street, Hartford, CT 06141
Phone: (860) 808-5318
Fax: (860) 808-5387
State of Connecticut – Office of the Healthcare Advocate