Saturday, May 16, 2015

Shrink Rappers at the American Psychiatric Association's Annual Meeting in Toronto, May 2015

APA starts today and I'm updating the list of talks we'll be giving.  Roy is already in Toronto for the APA assembly.  We will  be doing the same talks as I had previously posted, but some of the other speakers in our symposia/workshops have had to cancel, so here is the updated schedule.  Any suggestions for restaurants or fun sights in Toronto will be much appreciated!

I'd like to invite you to come here us speak at this year's annual meeting in Toronto.

We will be speaking at the following symposia and workshops:

Value in Mental Healthcare: What Does It Mean, and Who Decides? - Symposium
 Toronto Convention Centre - South, Level 800, Room 801 A,  
 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM, Monday May 18th

Robert Roca, MD, MBA, MPH
  --Value: Medicine's Holy Grail
Benjamin Liptzin, MD
   --Value: Perspectives on Outcomes and Costs
Henry Harbin, MD
   --Measuring Outcomes Using Standardized Tools: Why It's    
      Important and How To do It
Dinah Miller, MD
 --Value: What Matters to the People We Treat?
Sunil Khushalani, MD
  -- Eliminate Waste, Improve Value
Steven Sharfstein, MD
- Are You a Sitting Duck Online? What You Can (and Can't, or Shouldn't) Do About Negative Reviews Your Patients Post About You-Workshop

Toronto Convention Centre - South, Level 700, Room 711, 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM, Tuesday May 19, 2015;


 Introduction to review sites: John Luo, MD
 Personal experience of negative review: Dinah Miller, MD
 Small group exercise
 Constructive responses by individual psychiatrists and the    
    psychiatric profession:  Paul Appelbaum, MD 
 Future directions: Laura Roberts, MD
 Q and A

Practical Privacy Issues 

Wed, 5/20: 11:00 AM  - 12:30 PM
11:00 A.M. Sessions

Metro Toronto Convention Centre -Level 800, South Building 

Room: Room 802 A-B 


~Paul Appelbaum, M.D.,  NY State Psychiatric Institute 

~ Erik Vanderlip, M.D.,M.P.H. University of Washington

~Lori Simon, M.D.

~Steve Daviss, M.D.    FUSE Health Strategies LLC


  • List issues related to electronic health records and HIPAA and other laws and regulations and how to cope with them.
  • Describe how to avoid computer and technology operations that increase the risk of confidential data being stolen.
  • Take steps to limit risks of financial data being stolen apart from other steps to safeguard patient-specific sensitive data.
  • Describe how to use psychotherapy notes to maintain privacy. 
National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention: Recommendations for Prevention From the Suicide Attempt Survivors Task Force Report--Symposium
 Toronto Convention Centre - South, Level 800, Room 803 A/B, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

The stigma around suicide is often associated with whispers or silence, despite the fact that prevention of suicide is a national priority. The National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention
convened a national task force of suicide attempt survivors last year, releasing a groundbreaking, federally funded report called The Way Forward. The goal of this report is to provide a framework for national, state, and local stakeholders to use when developing resources and initiatives to prevent suicide as part of the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention.
This groundbreaking report identified eight Core Values and seven Recommendations that are helping to catalyze major changes in the national approach to suicide prevention and response. The
speakers will discuss ways in which clinicians and others can bring the report's recommendations to life and open channels of communication and awareness around the topic of suicidal thinking.

Chair: Steven Daviss, MD
Discussant: Dinah Miller, MD

: John Draper, Ph.D. : Project Director for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Presenter: Eduardo Vega, MA

Finally, Dr. Hanson will not be presenting at APA, but she will be presenting at the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law meetings in Toronto earlier in May.  We will post her schedule once it is finalized.   


Jen said...

Not to beat a dead horse but....I do just want to say as far as not being a sitting duck -- all MDs have to do is contact a site about a negative review and it will be pulled down --- even when it's true, not inflammatory, and completely factual with no opinion. (Eg: Dr X runs exactly on time. Dr X prescribed lithium for three years and ran labs once; this resulted in severe hypothyroidism. Dr. X does not take any contact out of session. Dr. X has a no-missed sessions policy where you pay for 52 weeks a year regardless of how much notice or reason given. Dr. X will not collaborate with any other MDs in your care - endocrinologist, internist, etc unless it is during your session (even if that session is at 7 PM when all offices are closed. Dr. X takes calls during your session at an approximate rate of once every other week for a duration of approximately 4-5 minutes. Etc.) There is currently no limit on how many reviews can be removed by MD request at the major sites - vitals, rateMD, google plus. Frankly, it's too bad when an MD can pull down any "negative" (even when factual) review so that future patients do not see a balanced or accurate view and by the time they discover it for themselves, they have wasted thousands of dollars if they are lucky, received dangerous and negligent treatment at worst....

Yes, it sucks when an MD gets a false negative review but....I'd far rather not spend thousands of dollars to discover it on my own. (And when I posted my own, factual, review, there were 7 other similar reviews and no positive ones. Since then, they have all been removed and one positive one replaced....make of that what you will, but I doubt Dr. X suddenly changed her practices.)

Anonymous said...

i hope you get a really good proofreeader for this book. You have serious comma aversion issues..

Anonymous said...

It's a good thing they're talking about patient privacy, because putting psychiatric information in an EMR is going to come back and bite them in the butt. Considering the number of major data security breaches with electronic records if I were a psychiatrist and used an EMR, I would be extremely worried about getting sued. An "I'm sorry" isn't going to cut it when a psychiatric patient's information ends up where it doesn't belong and these security breaches are happening at an alarming rate. I work in a hospital and have attended multiple talks about the security issues with electronic medical records and psychiatrists and patients alike really need to think about this. They're just not secure. I won't even go into what I think about them storing medical information in a cloud. I would imagine many don't even have a clue as to what they're doing. Thank god there are still some psychiatrists who use paper records or use an electronic record that is not connected to the internet, or I wouldn't see one.


Anonymous said...

I am curious if the session on privacy addressed the fact that there are physicians who are using EMR's which sell patients' medical information without patient consent. I was blown away to realize there are even psychiatrists using these and who don't seem particularly concerned that their patients have not consented. Just because something is legal doesn't make it ethical.

There are a couple of links which address the free EMR Practice Fusion which some psychiatrists are using. Apparently the EMR company is "free" because it is getting rich off of selling patients' medical information, and we apparently don't even have to give consent to this. Unbelievable. The attitude seems to be, well it's allowed so who cares. Uh, how about caring about what the patient thinks?

Here are a few links:

I just found out my internist has moved to Practice Fusion. I am going to tell him that either I be allowed to opt out of this, or I will have to go somewhere else. I do not want my medical information sold to enrich an EMR company.

Remember the days when we could go see a doctor without having to worry about our medical information being sold to pharmaceutical companies and whoever else wants it? I sure miss those days.