Opportunity for APRNs with Geripsych Background

Dear MAAPPN Member:

Optum would like to contract with Prescribing Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners and Clinical Nurse Specialists with both mental health and geriatric experience to see their members in the nursing home setting on an urgent crisis intervention basis. The purpose of such interventions would be the provision of a thorough clinical assessment and to prevent worse outcomes, loss of placement and moving someone who may already be confused to an unfamiliar setting, all as a result of unnecessary hospitalization. Ultimately, the goal of the intervention is to allow the patient to receive treatment where they are residing whenever this is clinically possible.

The practitioner would evaluate the patient, help identify any active medical issues, medication side effects or other conditions that might be adequately addressed and treated in their current setting. The practitioner will implement therapeutic medication protocols and behavioral changes as indicated and help caregivers identify any unmet needs of the patient. Utilization of Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurses on an urgent basis has proven to allow patients to stay in their current residential setting while receiving high quality and cost effective care and treatment.

Remuneration for these services is competitive and considers the factors of travel time to the facility and the unpredictable timing of clinical crises. If you are interested in discussing the position, please contact:

David Nefussy
781-419-8437
david.nefussy@optum.com

Thank you,

Diane Grimaldi
MAAPPN Chair

Jean Watson Driscoll, PhD, PMHCNS-BC

MAAPPN Meeting

Thanks to those who have recently joined or renewed your membership to MAAPPN. Our recent membership drive and move to a January annual member fee date was a great success. I also want to announce that our next MAAPPN member meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 7th at 5:45 at Papa Razzi 16 Washington Street, Wellesley, MA 02481. Seating is limited and we are expecting a full house so please be sure to register early!

I am particularly pleased to announce that our guest speaker will be founding MAAPPN member, Dr. Jeanne Watson Driscoll. If you have not had the opportunity to hear Jeanne present previously I promise that you are in for a very special evening!  Please save the date and plan to come out on June 7th to acknowledge and celebrate Jeanne’s most recent distinction as a Living Legend.

June 7th membership meeting registration for members is $25.00, to register click on the following link http://maappn.com/product/maappn-meeting-june-7-2016-members/.

June 7th membership meeting registration for non-members is $75.00, to register click on the following link http://maappn.com/product/non-member-registration-for-maappn-quarterly-meeting-june-7-2016/.

Thank you,

Diane Grimaldi, DNP, PMHCNS, BC
MAAPPN Chair

Dr. Grayce Sills

Dr. Grayce Sills Devoted and Respected Leader

MAAPPN sadly acknowledges the passing of Dr. Grayce Sills.  Grayce was a legendary pioneer who made countless significant contributions to the field of psychiatric nursing over the course of her illustrious career.  She will be sadly missed but always remembered as a devoted and well-respected leader of our professional community.

Please take the time to watch Living the History of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing through the Eyes of Grayce Sills at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lH1Q4pbTxVU

Best Regards,

Diane Grimaldi
MAAPPN Chair

MAAPPN Quarterly Meeting

MAAPPN Meeting Reminder | Thursday, April 7, 2016

This is a reminder that the next MAAPPN Quarterly Meeting will be held this Thursday (April 7) at the Tuscan Kitchen in Burlington, MA at 5:45 pm.  Representative Kay Khan who is a Clinical Specialist in Psychiatric Nursing as well as a state legislator serving in the Massachusetts House of Representatives will be our speaker.

Seating is limited; if you are interested in attending the April 7th meeting please pre-register no later than Wednesday, April 6th with the links provided below.

April 7th membership meeting registration for members is $25.00, to register click on the following link http://maappn.com/product/maappn-meeting-april-7th-2016/

April 7th membership meeting registration for non-members is $75.00, to register click on the following link http://maappn.com/product/non-member-registration-for-maappn-quarterly-meeting-april-7th-2016/

MAAPPN Meeting Reminder | Thursday, April 7, 2016

5:45 pm – 7:00pm – Networking, appetizers, and visit the display tables!
7:00pm – 7:15pm – Welcome & Introductions
7:15pm – 7:45pm – Dinner and Speaker Kay Khan*
7:45pm – 9:00pm – Business Meeting

* CEU’s offered

Location: Tuscan Kitchen
Date: Thursday April 7th, 2016
Time: 5:45pm – 9:00pm

We look forward to seeing you there.

Make Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing’s Voice Heard

APNA asks that you send a comment to the FDA to support the reclassification of ECT devices from class III to class II. We believe that this is in the best interests of the patients we serve.

 APNA

The FDA proposes to reclassify ECT devices used for treating major depressive disorder from class III (high risk) to class II (low risk) and is requesting public comment on the safety and efficacy of this treatment (Deadline: March 28). A similar proposal in 2011 did not pass, which is why it is so important to make sure that psychiatric-mental health nurses make our voices heard now.
In 2011 the APNA Board of Directors approved a position statement supporting the use of electroconvulsive therapy in the treatment of severe depression that has been shown to be refractory to medication administration and urging the FDA to reclassify these devices in order to improve access to a potentially lifesaving treatment. APNA will be reiterating this position to the FDA through the following statement, which I encourage you to use as a guide for your own response:
It is the position of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) that Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) is a proven therapy and that further clinical trials are not necessary to establish its safety and efficacy. Consistent with this, APNA urges the FDA to re-classify ECT devices as a class II device that reflects its safety and efficacy in the treatment of depression. As the leading clinical and research organization for psychiatric-mental health nurses, APNA keenly recognizes that stigma about psychiatric illness and about ECT can limit access. APNA believes that ECT operated by properly trained professionals and in circumstances of medical necessity for appropriately selected patients should remain widely available. ECT saves patient’s lives and barriers limiting access to this treatment must be overcome by a coalition of patient, families, the public and psychiatric leadership organizations.
Nicholas Croce Jr., MS
3141 Fairview Park Drive, Suite 625
Falls Church, VA 22042
(2762)
www.apna.org

 

Announcing MAAPPN’s New Facebook Business Page

Announcing MAAPPN’s New Facebook Business Page

The Massachusetts Association of Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurses (MAAPPN) is pleased to announce the launch of our newFacebook page https://www.facebook.com/PsychiatricAdvancedPracticeNurse/ —one that is more fully integrated and complementary with the MAAPPN website.

The MAAPPN website remains the primary source for news, legislation updates and policy gains, educational offerings, job opportunities, information, and just about anything else noteworthy in the world of mental health and MAAPPN.  The new Facebook page, will be updated with content from the MAAPPN website and will broaden our reach and expand our audience providing yet another avenue for those who wish to stay connected to the events and initiatives taking place.

Announcing MAAPPN’s New Facebook Business Page

We hope that you find the entries worthwhile and engaging.  For those of you who are new to our organization allow us to introduce ourselves.

MAAPPN (The Massachusetts Association of Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurses) is a non- profit organization in the state of Massachusetts that exclusively represents the interests of advanced practice psychiatric nurses – both psychiatric clinical nurse specialists and psychiatric nurse practitioners.

Our mission includes legislative goals promoting access to sustainable fiscal policies that support the advanced practice psychiatric nurse as high quality, affordable and accessible providers.

Please visit https://www.facebook.com/PsychiatricAdvancedPracticeNurse/ and ‘like’ us and then also ‘share’ it with others for the most convenient way to keep up to date on the latest news and events and also to help spread the word.

MAAPPN Quarterly Meeting

MAAPPN Quarterly Meeting Announcement April 7, 2016

MAAPPN Quarterly Meeting, join us for an evening of colleagueship, networking, education, job opportunities, legislative updates and a great dinner. The Massachusetts Association of Advanced Practice Psychiatric
Nurses (MAAPPN) will hold our next quarterly meeting on Thursday, April 7th, 2016 at Tuscan Kitchen in Burlington, Massachusetts from 5:45pm – 9pm.

Kay Khan is a Clinical Specialist in Psychiatric Nursing and an American state legislator serving in the Massachusetts House of Representatives. We are very pleased to announce that Kay will be joining us at our quarterly MAAPPN member meeting on April 7th. Seating is limited, so please be sure to register early.

About MAAPPN

MAAPPN (The Massachusetts Association of Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurses) is a non- profit organization in the state of Massachusetts that exclusively represents the interests of advanced practice psychiatric nurses – both psychiatric clinical nurse specialists and psychiatric nurse practitioners.

Our mission includes legislative goals promoting access to sustainable fiscal policies that support the advanced practice psychiatric nurse as high quality, affordable and accessible providers.

MAAPPN Quarterly Meeting Announcement April 7, 2016

5:45 pm – 7:00pm – Networking, appetizers, and visit the display tables!
7:00pm – 7:15pm – Welcome & Introductions
7:15pm – 7:45pm – Dinner and Speaker Kay Khan*
7:45pm – 9:00pm – Business Meeting

* CEU’s offered

Location: Tuscan Kitchen
Date: Thursday April 7th, 2016
Time: 5:45pm – 9:00pm

Please register early as space is limited. To Register go to http://maappn.com/product/maappn-meeting-april-7th-2016/

MAAPPN Quarterly Meeting Announcement

If you have items that you would like to have addressed at the meeting, please contact MAAPPN Chair, Diane Grimaldi at dlgrimaldi@comcast.net so she can add them to the agenda.

If you are a company interested in having a display table at the MAAPPN quarterly meeting go to MAAPPN Meeting Sponsorship Booth Space.

To sign up and pay for your membership meeting please click on the following link MAAPPN.
For more information visit our website at http://maappn.com/.

We are interested in having new and existing members join our committees, volunteer as guest speakers and make recommendations for topics you would like to hear about at future meetings. Please help us spread the word by encouraging others to become members and by inviting colleagues to attend quarterly MAAPPN member meetings.

We look forward to seeing you at the MAAPPN Quarterly meeting at Tuscan Kitchen in Burlington, Massachusetts on Thursday, April 7, 2016.

 

MAAPPN Meeting

MAAPPN April 2016 Quarterly Meeting Announcement

MAAPPN April 2016 Quarterly Meeting Announcement

Join us for an evening of colleagueship, networking, education, job opportunities, legislative
updates and a great dinner. The Massachusetts Association of Advanced Practice Psychiatric
Nurses (MAAPPN) will hold our next quarterly meeting on Thursday, April 7th, 2016 at Tuscan Kitchen in Burlington, Massachusetts from 5:45pm – 9pm.

Kay Khan is a Clinical Specialist in Psychiatric Nursing and an American state legislator serving in the Massachusetts House of Representatives. We are very pleased to announce that Kay will be joining us at our quarterly MAAPPN member meeting on April 7th. Seating is limited, so please be sure to register early.

About MAAPPN

MAAPPN (The Massachusetts Association of Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurses) is a non- profit organization in the state of Massachusetts that exclusively represents the interests of advanced practice psychiatric nurses – both psychiatric clinical nurse specialists and psychiatric nurse practitioners.

Our mission includes legislative goals promoting access to sustainable fiscal policies that support the advanced practice psychiatric nurse as high quality, affordable and accessible providers.

MAAPPN Quarterly Meeting Announcement | April 7, 2016

5:45 pm – 7:00pm – Networking, appetizers, and visit the display tables!
7:00pm – 7:15pm – Welcome & Introductions
7:15pm – 7:45pm – Dinner and Speaker Kay Khan*
7:45pm – 9:00pm – Business Meeting

* CEU’s offered

Location: Tuscan Kitchen
Date: Thursday April 7th, 2016
Time: 5:45pm – 9:00pm

Please register early as space is limited.  To Register go to http://maappn.com/product/maappn-meeting-april-7th-2016/

MAAPPN Quarterly Meeting Announcement

If you have items that you would like to have addressed at the meeting, please contact MAAPPN Chair, Diane Grimaldi at dlgrimaldi@comcast.net so she can add them to the agenda.

If you are a company interested in having a display table at the MAAPPN quarterly meeting go to MAAPPN Meeting Sponsorship Booth Space.

To sign up and pay for your membership meeting please click on the following link MAAPPN.

For more information visit our website at http://maappn.com/.

We are interested in having new and existing members join our committees, volunteer as guest speakers and make recommendations for topics you would like to hear about at future meetings.  Please help us spread the word by encouraging others to become members and by inviting colleagues to attend quarterly MAAPPN member meetings.

We look forward to seeing you at the MAAPPN Quarterly meeting at Tuscan Kitchen in Burlington, Massachusetts on Thursday, April 7, 2016.

Limited Space Available December MAAPPN Meeting

If you plan to attend the MAAPPN Quarterly meeting at Tosca in Hingham on Tuesday, December 8, 2015 please register today, space is limited and is filling up fast.  We plan to start a bit earlier to maximize the opportunity to access our sponsor tables (Sunnovian, Arbor, Genomind) as well as to have more networking time.  We also are offering free wine and appetizers!

 

 When: December 8, 2015

(New) Time: 5:45 PM – 9 PM

Location: Tosca Restaurant, Hingham, MA

Cost: $25 (Complimentary Wine and Appetizers)

 

MAAPPN (The Massachusetts Association of Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurses) is a non- profit organization in the state of Massachusetts that exclusively represents the interests of advanced practice psychiatric nurses – both psychiatric clinical nurse specialists and psychiatric nurse practitioners.

Our mission includes legislative goals promoting access to sustainable fiscal policies that support the advanced practice psychiatric nurse as high quality, affordable and accessible providers.

Our speaker for the December MAAPPN meeting will be Kathy Adolina, PMHCNS, BC.  Kathy has a private practice in the Back Bay and specializes in treatment of adults and students with affective and anxiety disorders. She is a graduate of Boston College and long time member of NURS, MAAPPN Board Member and current Treasurer.   Kathy will be speaking about Psychogenomics in Clinical Practice.

 

Psychogenomic testing allows the opportunity to introduce precision into our prescribing practices. Patients who like personalized medicine, like the idea and payers are looking carefully at cost savings. Yet testing is not without caution. In this presentation, the opportunities and challenges are reviewed as these work in a private practice setting.  Payer policies, patient education and how treatment selection presents new opportunities in prevention are reviewed.

December MAAPPN Meeting Agenda

 

5:45pm – 7:00pm – Networking, appetizers, complimentary wine, and visit the display tables

7:00pm – 7:15pm – Welcome & Introductions

7:15pm – 7:45pm – Dinner and Speaker Kathy Andolina, PMHCNS, BC*

7:45pm – 9:00pm – Business Meeting

 

* CEU’s offered

If you are a company interested in having a display table at the MAAPPN quarterly meeting go to MAAPPN Meeting Booth Space.

To sign up and pay for your membership meeting please click on the following link MAAPPN.
For more information visit our website at http://maappn.com/.

 

Please send agenda items to: MAAPPN Chair, Diane Grimaldi at dlgrimaldi@comcast.net

Please help us spread the word by encouraging others to become members and by inviting colleagues to attend quarterly MAAPPN member meetings.  We are also interested in having new and existing members join our committees, volunteer as guest speakers and make recommendations for topics you would like to hear about at future meetings.

Other ways you can support MAAPPN is with Membership Dues.  We are moving to January dues cycles with a very easy way to pay online! Go to MAAPPN ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP.

Limited Space available confirm your attendance today for the December 8th meeting. 

APNA Joins White House Effort to Address Opioid Misuse and Overdose Epidemic in Communities Across Nation

The American Psychiatric Nurses Association has joined a White House effort, announced today, to address the ongoing epidemic of prescription drug abuse and heroin use across the nation. With organizations from both the public and private sectors participating, the effort seeks to train health care providers, improve access to treatment, and raise awareness of the risks of prescription drug misuse.
Approximately 2.3 million US citizens aged 12 and older have opioid use disorder, and most states have higher rates of treatment need than capacity to treat.1 In this context, educating health professionals and encouraging them to apply best-treatment practices is critical to improve the health of the nation.
APNA is one of 8 nursing groups to pledge to be a part of the solution over the next two years. Nurses have been described as the “backbone” of the Opioid Treatment Program system of care,2 yet nurses may lack essential education in substance use disorders in general,3 and in the risks of opioid addiction specifically.4 Because nurses have frequent and regular contact with patients in numerous settings and levels of care, they are ideally suited to provide effective opiate interventions.
APNA has therefore committed to develop, provide, and disseminate educational interventions on the treatment of opioid use disorder.  This continuing education will be offered at no cost to our more than 10,000 members and beyond in webinar and/or interactive format.
Through the APNA Addictions Council, under the leadership of Matthew Tierney, PMHNP-BC, ANP-BC and Carol Essenmacher, DNP, C-TTS, APNA has sought to advance excellence in the prevention and treatment of substance use and addictive disorders. In our commitment  to the White House’s effort we will draw upon the Addiction Council’s national network of experts in mental illness and substance use disorders to develop this education.
We are proud to support the critical role that our members play each day to address substance use and addiction in our communities.
The press release issued by the White House this morning, which notes APNA’s participation, can be viewed here.
Be Safe,
Nicholas Croce Jr., MS
Executive Director
American Psychiatric Nurses Association
3141 Fairview Park Drive, Suite 625
Falls Church, VA 22042
Toll free: 855-863-APNA (2762)
www.apna.org
  1. Jones CM, Campopiano M, Baldwin G, et al. National and State Treatment Need and Capacity for Opioid Agonist Medication-Assisted Treatment. Am J Public Health.  2015;105(8), e55-63.
  2. Kub J. Interview with Sara Azimi-Bolourian.  J Addict Nurs. 2010;21:49-51.
  3. Kane CF. Essential Psychyiatric and Substance Use Competencies for the Registered Nurse: Crucial and Complex Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. Arch Psychiatr Nurs. 2012;26(2): 77-79.
  4. Costello M, Thompson S. Preventing Opioid Misuse and Potential Abuse: The Nurse’s Role in Patient Education. Pain Manag Nurs. 2015; 16(4): 515-519.
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SCOPE OF PRACTICE LAW SEEN AS IMPEDIMENT TO CARE IN MASSACHUSETTS

By Katie Lannan | State House News Service

BOSTON, OCT. 6, 2015….As patients struggle to access medical care at a time and place that fits into their lives, Massachusetts laws laying out tasks that can be performed by nurse practitioners are among the country’s most restrictive, health experts said Monday during an annual health care cost trends hearing.

Statistics presented by the Health Policy Commission during the hearing showed that around 60 percent of the emergency room visits made by Massachusetts residents in 2014 were by patients unable to get an appointment at a doctor’s office or clinic as soon as needed. About 76 percent of emergency room visits were made after normal operating hours at doctor’s office or clinics.

The past few years have brought an increase in retail clinics and urgent care centers in Massachusetts, including 58 nurse practitioner-run CVS MinuteClinic outposts. Open extended hours and able to serve patients without appointments, such facilities often aim to treat patients whose illnesses or injuries aren’t severe enough to warrant costly emergency room visits but who cannot get in to see their regular physician.

“We want to continue to grow to be that access point in the communities that allows people to seek care when they need it, on their terms, and when they can,” said Shaun Ginter, president and CEO of CareWell Urgent Care.

Ginter and other health care providers testified as part of a panel on care delivery during the Health Policy Commission’s cost trend hearings, a two-day series of discussions set to continue on Tuesday with remarks from Senate President Stanley Rosenberg, Attorney General Maura Healey and Auditor Suzanne Bump.

Panelists on Monday said that hospital emergency rooms are sometimes the only option available to patients seeking immediate treatment, even though urgent care and retail clinics are now available as alternatives in some areas.

“They’re there for a certain amount of time, but the hospitals are the places of last resort,” said Christine Schuster, president and CEO of Emerson Hospital in Concord. “When the doors close at 9:00 at CVS, that’s when we find people come.”

Panelists said many hospitals and community health centers find it financially difficult to stay open after business hours because of what Barry Bock, CEO of the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program, described as a “pretty modest reimbursement outcome.”

About half of the patients at CVS MinuteClinic are seen on evenings and weekends, when doctor’s offices are typically closed and the only other options are more costly emergency rooms or urgent care centers, MinuteClinic President Andrew Sussman wrote in prepared testimony.

Sussman cited a 2008 study that found that the average total cost of a MinuteClinic visit was $279 less than in an emergency department.

Costs of care can be higher for such clinics in Massachusetts than in other states of because of the strictness of laws dealing with nurse practitioners, said David Auerbach, the Health Policy Commission’s deputy director of research and cost trends. Scope of practice laws set the legal boundaries on what tasks a medical professional can perform and under what restrictions or oversight.

“Here’s the bottom line: Massachusetts has among the most restrictive laws in the nation,” Auerbach said, adding that those laws can become barriers that prevent patients from accessing necessary care.

If the limitations on nurse practitioners were lessened or lifted, Auerbach said, the state would likely see an increase in access to care, and an increase in care outcomes and quality would be probable as well. The impact it would have on health care spending is ambiguous, he said.

A total of 22 states allow nurse practitioners full practice authority, eight of which joined that group with updates to their laws in the past four years, Auerbach said.

Massachusetts has made incremental changes to its own scope of practice laws for nurse practitioners in recent years, according to Auerbach. In 2008, the state recognized nurse practitioners as primary care providers who could be chosen by patients. In 2012, they were granted the ability to sign death and disability forms.

Restrictions that remain include requirements that nurse practitioners follow treatment guidelines set by physicians, that they maintain a collaborative agreement with a physician to prescribe drugs and that the Board of Medicine approve the implementation of any new practice authority for nurse practitioners.

CVS MinuteClinic Chief Medical Officer Nancy Gagliano said Massachusetts is “not the most challenging state for nurse practitioners to operate in,” but that states that don’t require formalized agreements for nurse practitioners to prescribe drugs or be supervised by a physician make it easier.

“Where it does get challenging is it is indeed true that we do pay every single consulting physician money to be available to that provider,” she said. “That can be a burden in some states and plays potentially an unfair advantage and can limit competition.”

Rep. Jeffrey Sanchez, a Boston Democrat who co-chairs the Joint Committee on Health Care Financing, told the commission his committee is considering a bill (H 993) that would charge the commissioners with reviewing the scope of practice laws.

The bill, which came up for discussion at a September hearing, “is to essentially have all of you look at it, given your role within the health care sector,” Sanchez said.

“Well, we’ve already looked at it,” Health Policy Commission Chairman Stuart Altman quipped after Auerbach’s presentation.
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A Special Thank You to Our MAAPPN Members, Guest Speaker, and Sponsors

A Special Thank You to Our MAAPPN Members, Guest Speaker, and Sponsors

MAAPPN (The Massachusetts Association of Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurses) would like to take the time to thank our members who attended the September Quarterly Meeting, and our member/guest speaker Dr. Geoffry Phillips McEnany for his sensitive and compelling presentation. We are very excited about the plan to hear from other members of this organization as guest speakers at future meetings as well.

Our September Meeting was a huge success and we are exceptionally grateful for the generous support provided by our corporate sponsors, GenOMind and Arbor Pharmaceuticals.   MAAPPN was able to provide this informative and well attended event due to their financial contributions.

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About MAAPPN

MAAPPN is a professional association organized to advance the science and education of psychiatric-mental health nursing. It is committed to the specialty practice of psychiatric-mental health nursing, health, wellness and recovery promotion through identification of mental health issues, prevention of mental health problems and the care and treatment of persons with psychiatric disorders.

If you are interested in joining or renewing your membership you can do so by clicking on the following link maappn.com.

MAAPPN sadly notes the passing of Dezra Kenney, Past President, NE Chapter Psychiatric Nurses Association

Dezra L. Kenney, age 56 years of Lynn, formerly of Arlington and Quincy, died unexpectedly at her home. Born in Arlington she was the daughter of the Linda (Zwink) Peluso of Lynn. She attended schools in Quincy and graduated from North Quincy High School, Class of 1976. Dez graduated from Lemuel Shattuck Hospital School of Nursing, as a LPN, class of 1978, graduated from Catherine Laboure School of Nursing in Dorcester as a Registered Nurse. Dez earned her Nurse Practioners Degree, specializing in psychiatry and addiction, from Harvard College in Cambridge.

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She was the owner of Kenney & Associates in Salem. Dez was a psychopharmacologist, and was a national speaker for a number of pharmaceutical companies and spoke all over the United States. She was Past President of the Psychiatric Nurses Association. Dez enjoyed traveling to Aruba and Barbados.

In addition to her mother she is survived by one brother Alan and his wife Dawn Kenney of Quincy, and two nephews Alex and Adam Kenney of Quincy.

Services Details: Dez’s visiting hours will be held at the Parker Funeral Home 35 Franklin St. Lynn on Saturday from 3:00 – 8:00 PM, to which relatives and friends are invited to attend. Funeral services will be private. Please make memorial donations to the Northeast Animal Shelter 347 Highland Ave. Salem, MA 01970.

Attend a 2015 SCOPE of Pain Meeting in your area this fall!

Attend a 2015 SCOPE of Pain Meeting in your area this fall!

Laurie Talarico, MS, RN, CNP, Nursing Practice Coordinator, MA Board of Registration in Nursing has alerted nurses in MA to an educational opportunity to learn safe opiate prescribing practices. See https://www.scopeofpain.com/ for full information.

MA location Springfield, MA September 19th, 2015 Basketball Hall of Fame $25 

SCOPE of Pain is a series of continuing medical educational and continuing nursing education activities designed to help providers safely and effectively manage patients with chronic pain and when appropriate, prescribe opioid analgesics .  The program consists of a 3-module case-based online activities and live conferences held around the US The online training is available through https://www.scopeofpain.com/online-training/

MAAPPN responds to MA Attorney General report on Health Care Costs

MAAPPN expressed congratulations to the MA Attorney General for the report  on June 30th, 2015 identifying the impact of “historically low reimbursement rates” as undermining our states’ health care reform goals including access to behavioral health services and the impact on overall medical expenditures for consumers with behavioral health disorders.  In addition, the process of rate determination was taken to task as a possible parity violation.

In a letter to the AG, MAAPPN along with other Mental Health Coalition members stated: 
“We are concerned that the historically low reimbursement rates that you reference may in part be the result of a process of determining reimbursement rates for behavioral health services that are qualitatively different than the process used for setting reimbursement rates for medical and surgical services.  If this concern is valid, then we speculate that this may represent a violation of state and/or federal mental health parity laws.
 
We understand that your office has some responsibility with regard to enforcing mental health parity laws.  We urge you to consider whether to use your investigative powers to determine whether mental health parity laws are being violated with regard to how health plans, and their respective managed behavioral health organizations, are setting reimbursement rates for behavioral health services and to take whatever steps necessary to enforce these laws.
 
Again, we commend you and your Health Care Division for this important report.  We believe it is a vital step towards addressing behavioral health services access and understanding that increasing expenditures for behavioral health services is instrumental in containing overall healthcare expenditures.  We hope that you will follow up on the spirit of this report with appropriate investigative and enforcement actions, and we would be pleased to provide any assistance that may be helpful to your work on behavioral health issues.
MAAPPN has further suggested to the AG that they hold a “Listening Session ” with the Mental Health Coalition to further identify the our specific concerns about parity violations in rate setting.

 

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MAAPPN Quarterly Meeting Announcement

The Massachusetts Association of Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurses (MAAPPN) will hold our quarterly meeting on Thursday, September 17, 2015 at The Royal Sonesta Hotel, Cambridge, MA from 6pm – 9pm

MAAPPN Quarterly Meeting Announcement

 

Location: The Royal Sonesta Hotel Cambridge, MA

Date:  Thursday, Sept 17, 2015

Time: 6:00pm – 9:00pm

6:00pm – 7:00pm – Networking

7:00pm – 7:15pm – Welcome & Introductions

7:15pm – 7:45pm – Dinner and Speaker TBA

7:45pm – 9:00pm – Business Meeting

 

Agenda:

Legislative Committee and Update

Peggy Chapman discusses the Committee activity involving the CNS Supervision bill, Psych NP bill, Affiliate bill activity (Telehealth initiative, disability parity), fund raiser attendance, activity related to hearings, giving testimony and any calls to action.  Mary Ann Hart, our MAAPPN Legislative Advocate, will give an update on the progress of the bills we have filed and the strategies employed to further the bill

Practice Committee and Update

Ginny Tay discusses the Practice Committee research and writing of H 1801, the bill filed for independent practice, and the fact sheet and how to use it.

Membership Committee and Update

Michelle Malnati discusses the membership numbers, growth in 2015, and dues drive.

Insurance and Reimbursement Issues

Diane Grimaldi and Sharon Reynolds will discuss reimbursement issues and strategies for rate negotiation.

Treasurer Report

Kathy Andolina reports on MAAPPN revenues and expenses.

Technology and Networking Committee and Update

Kathy Andolina discusses the web site evolution, features, and revenue generating activities associated with social media, advertising campaigns and postings. She will also discuss opportunities for networking through the ad hoc peer supervision groups across the state, social media, Google groups, and client referral mechanisms, and Constant Contact emails and website.

Organizational Update

Diane Grimaldi, Chair, MAAPPN discusses nomination process, form to nominate and elect officers, invitations to join Board, Committees, name change and alignment across of MA Division of Corporations, IRS and MA Dept of Revenue.

If you have items from your area that you would like discussed, please contact Diane Grimaldi at dlgrimaldi@comcast.net so she can add them to the agenda.

To sign up and pay for your membership meeting please click on the following link http://maappn.com/product/join-maappn/.  Choose MAAPPN Member Meetings.  The cost is $50.00.

For more information visit our website at http://maappn.com/.

Nurse Practitioner/Clinical Nurse Specialist (part-time, 50%)

Nurse Practitioner/Clinical Nurse Specialist (part-time, 50%)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

MIT Medical’s Mental Health and Counseling Service seeks a nurse practitioner/clinical nurse specialist to join a large, outpatient, multidisciplinary mental health team with eclectic orientation. Responsibilities include the evaluation and acute treatment of patients who present over the weekend, collaboration with other staff members, and serving as a liaison with Institute staff over the weekend.

Requirements: current MA license and certification as a CNS and extensive clinical experience demonstrating both clinical and community outreach expertise. Skills should include emergency and crisis intervention and psychopharmacology. The ability to work both independently and as a member of a team is essential.

Will work every other weekend, but also come in during the week to meet with a staff psychiatrist and attend team meetings and other events as needed. Schedule to be determined.

Beginning August 1, 2015, MIT Medical will conduct a background check (including checking criminal and sexual offender records) for finalists.

Interested candidates may apply online at http://jobs.mit.edu/. Please reference job number 12373 and indicate where you saw this posting.

Caitlin DeLorey 
Account Coordinator
Office: 857.404.0894 • Email: cdelorey@buyerads.com
189 Wells Avenue, Newton, MA 02459

MIT is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or disability.

 

Massachusetts Get 1-Year Waiver from Health Care Provision

It is good news for Massachusetts in that it has received a one-year waiver from a provision of President Barack Obama’s health care law that Gov. Charlie Baker says will protect small businesses from insurance rate hikes.

Massachusetts Get 1-Year Waiver from Health Care Provision

On Tuesday it was announced that the waiver will allow Massachusetts to continue using existing rating factors for small businesses.

Gov. Charlie Baker said the waiver is essential to ensuring local employers continue to thrive.

In 2006 under its landmark law, Massachusetts extended health care coverage to nearly all residents which established a state marketplace that merged small group and individual insurance markets.

The ratings factors protected small employers who took on risks from the individual insurance market.

The waiver extends the state’s current transition period through January, 2017. The ratings factors will phase out entirely in 2018.

If you are interested in finding out the latest information in Massachusetts Healthcare or would like to become a member of the Massachusetts Association of Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurses please click on the following link.

About Maappn

The Massachusetts Association of Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurses (MAAPPN) is the only organization in the state of Massachusetts that exclusively represents the interests of advanced practice psychiatric nurses – both psychiatric clinical nurse specialists and psychiatric nurse practitioners.

We are dedicated to the delivery of high quality, affordable, accessible psychiatric treatment for the clients we serve.

For more information about The Massachusetts Association of Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurses (MAAPPN), please visit http://maappn.com/.