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MAAPPN December 2016 Quarterly Meeting Announcement

Join MAAPPN 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 Monday, December 5, 2016 at Tuscan Kitchen in Burlington, Massachusetts from 5:45pm – 9pm.

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 | December 5, 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 TBA*
7:45pm – 9:00pm – Business Meeting

* CEU’s offered

Location: Tuscan Kitchen
Date: Monday, December 5, 2016
Time: 5:45pm – 9:00pm

Please register early as space is limited.

December 5th membership meeting registration for members is $25.00, to register click on the following linkMEMBER MEETING RATE.

December 5th membership meeting registration for non-members is $75.00. to register click on the following link – NON-MEMBER/GUEST MEETING RATE.

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 Monday, December 5, 2016.

 

September 19th MAAPPN Meeting | New Speaker Announcement

MAAPPN is announcing a last minute change in our September 19th meeting schedule.  Unfortunately Dr. Maureen Beirne Streff, EdD, RN, MSN, PMHCNS, BC, our keynote speaker, fractured her ankle and won’t be able to speak at the meeting as scheduled.

Instead, we will have a timely presentation by Al Wroblewski of the Massachusetts eHealth Institute on how to apply for the lump sum $21,250 per provider incentive for using or switching to electronic health records, with an additional lump sum of $8,500 per year possible for up to 5 more years.  If just over 30 percent of your billed visits during a 90-day period in the past year were for patients with Mass Health-subsidized plans (including Neighborhood Health Plan and other Beacon plans) you may qualify. Deadline is end of 2016.

Our meeting will be on Monday, September 19, 2016 at Scarlet Oak Tavern in Hingham, Massachusetts.

***  REMINDER: Pre-registration is necessary due to space limitations. ***

Agenda

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 Al Wroblewski *
7:45pm – 9:00pm – Business Meeting

* CEU’s offered

 

Location: Scarlet Oak Tavern, 1217 Main Street, Hingham, MA
Date: Monday, September 19, 2016
Time: 5:45pm – 9:00pm

 

September 19th membership meeting registration for members is $25.00, to register click on the following link – MEMBER MEETING RATE.

September 19th membership meeting registration for non-members is $75.00. to register click on the following link – NON-MEMBER/GUEST MEETING RATE.

Thanks to our wonderful and generous sponsors!  We extend our sincere appreciation to our sponsors, who play an integral role in our quarterly meetings.  Please be certain to visit them during the event and join us in thanking the following organizations (click the link to learn more about each contributor).  Together we are all helping to make a difference in the lives of many.

Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A., Inc. & Lundbeck
Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Shire Pharmaceuticals

We look forward to seeing you at the MAAPPN Quarterly meeting at Scarlet Oak Tavern in Hingham, Massachusetts on Monday, September 19, 2016.

Together we are all helping to make a difference in the lives of many.

September 19th Meeting Reminder | MAAPPN

This is a quick reminder that our next meeting will be on Monday, September 19, 2016 at Scarlet Oak Tavern in Hingham, Massachusetts.

***  REMINDER: Pre-registration is necessary due to space limitations. ***

This meeting we have the pleasure of having one of our very own founding MAAPPN members Dr. Maureen Beirne Streff, EdD, RN, MSN, PMHCNS, BC, joining us to discuss the earlier challenges, and historical accomplishments of the organization and share insights about our current mission and aspirations

*** Great networking opportunities as well as appetizers, wine and visiting with sponsors from 5:45 – 7:00 prior to dinner and speaker. ***

Agenda

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 Dr. Maureen Beirne Streff *
7:45pm – 9:00pm – Business Meeting

* CEU’s offered

Location: Scarlet Oak Tavern, 1217 Main Street, Hingham, MA
Date: Monday, September 19, 2016
Time: 5:45pm – 9:00pm

September 19th membership meeting registration for members is $25.00, to register click on the following linkMEMBER MEETING RATE.

September 19th membership meeting registration for non-members is $75.00. to register click on the following link – NON-MEMBER/GUEST MEETING RATE.

Thanks to our wonderful and generous sponsors!  We extend our sincere appreciation to our sponsors, who play an integral role in our quarterly meetings.  Please be certain to visit them during the event and join us in thanking the following organizations (click the link to learn more about each contributor).  Together we are all helping to make a difference in the lives of many.

Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A., Inc. & Lundbeck
Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Shire Pharmaceuticals

We look forward to seeing you at the MAAPPN Quarterly meeting at Scarlet Oak Tavern in Hingham, Massachusetts on Monday, September 19, 2016.

MAAPPN Quarterly Meeting Announcement | September 2015

 

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 quarterly meeting on Thursday, September 17, 2015 at Royal Sonesta Cambridge Hotel, Cambridge, MA from 6pm – 9pm.

Visit the display tables of GenOMind – leaders in personalized medicine and psychogenomic testing  and Arbor Pharmaceuticals,  makers on Zenzedi and Evekeo,  new treatments for ADHD.  More displays to come!

MAAPPN Quarterly Meeting Announcement | September 2015

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

Location: Royal Sonesta Cambridge Hotel, Cambridge, MA
Date:  Thursday, Sept 17, 2015
Time: 6:00pm – 9:00pm

About MAAPPN

The Massachusetts Association of Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurses (MAAPPN) is an 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.

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

MAAPPN Quarterly Meeting Announcement

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.

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.

If you are a company interested in having a display table at the MAAPPN quarterly meeting please contact Diane Grimaldi at dlgrimaldi@comcast.net.

To sign up and pay for your membership meeting please click on the following link http://maappn.com/product/maappn-meeting-thursday-september-17-2015/.  Choose MAAPPN Member Meetings.  The cost is $25.00.

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

We look forward to seeing you at the MAAPPN Quarterly meeting on Thursday, September 17, 2015.

 

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.

 

Gov. Charlie Baker’s budget | Massachusetts Medicaid

In a briefing with Secretary of Health and Human Services Marylou Sudders and other top health administration officials, officials said this practice of delaying Medicaid payments has happened in every administration since 2004, when Mitt Romney was governor. In the 2016 budget, $340 million of the so-called “cash management” was inherited from Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick‘s administration, while Baker’s administration pushed another $116 million in costs from year to year.

Baker spokesman Tim Buckley said the administration hopes to limit the practice in future years. “The administration will continue to develop structural reforms to right-size the state budget while pursuing policies to promote economic growth, reducing the need for additional cash management,” Buckley said.

The other big part of the savings comes from “redetermination.” Baker anticipates saving $400 million in Medicaid costs – of which $210 million comes from the state budget and the rest from federal money – by requiring everyone enrolled in Medicaid to prove they are still eligible.

http://www.masslive.com/politics/index.ssf/2015/03/what_does_gov_charlie_bakers_b.html

Charles Duane “Charlie” Baker, Jr. (born November 13, 1956) is an American businessman and the 72nd and current Governor of Massachusetts, having been sworn into office on January 8, 2015. He was a cabinet official under two Massachusetts governors, spent ten years as CEO of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and was also the Republican nominee for Governor of Massachusetts in his unsuccessful bid in 2010.

Mitt Romney and some of his top aides used private email accounts

Some of the emails obtained by AP describe Romney’s internal deliberations on his health care policy and the state’s 2006 budget crisis: “I hate appearing as if I am just playing national politics,” Romney wrote in November 2006 during sensitive negotiations on state budget cuts, when he was preparing his 2008 presidential campaign. Romney chose to use his full name as his Hotmail username.

The emails can be viewed here http://apne.ws/xkUTFl .

The private email accounts raise questions about why Romney and his aides sometimes bypassed Massachusetts‘ official communications system — and how many of those emails remain and whether they could be disclosed to the public. Late last year, Romney acknowledged that near the end of his governor’s term in 2007 he approved a sweeping purge of executive emails from the state government’s computer servers, and the removal of top aides’ hard drives and computers. Romney justified the purge as legal, prompted by privacy worries.


Read more:
http://www.businessinsider.com/governor-mitt-romney-used-personal-email-like-secretary-of-state-clinton-2015-3#ixzz3UNzZWR5k

APNs should be very concerned about this legislation and cannot afford to be complacent.

Our opposition has unlimited financial, organizational, and institutional resources. If we are to have any chance at advancing our legislation and preventing further restrictions to APN practice in Massachusetts, we need your engagement.

We will be holding town-hall style meetings with legislators across the state over the coming months, and we ask you to be on the lookout for invitations and attend these meetings in your region. We have received news that the Massachusetts Medical Society is already doing this in support of their Physician-Led Team Based Health Care legislation.

Please read the text of this legislation copied below and let this motivate you to get involved and advocate for your practice!

https://mcnpweb.site-ym.com/news/216524/Massachusetts-Medical-Society-Files-Legislation-Proposing-Further-Restrictions-on-APN-Practice.htm

Update on Prescription Monitoring Program – Webinar Offered

Deborah S. Allwes, BS, BSN, RN, MPH,  Director of Bureau of Health Care Safety and Quality from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health has provided the following update for all Massachusetts Prescribers. For FAQ, PMP_regulations_FAQ_Final_11_2014

Update on PMP Delegates

  • The MA Prescription Monitoring and Drug Control Program (PM/DCP) is finalizing the form to assign delegates to Primary Account Holders
  • These forms are expected to be completed and available online the week of December 15, 2014
  • The PM/DCP will announce the process for identifying and registering Delegates the week of December 22, 2014 (including how to sign-up a delegate and delegate PMP policies and procedures)
  • Enrollment of Delegates into the PMP (Delegates accessing the PMP on behalf of Primary Account Holders) will begin on December 22, 2014

PMP Educational Webinar

  • With the pending enrollment of delegates, the PM/DCP will be holding a series of educational webinars
  • The webinars will be available for delegates, prescribers and dispensers for a total of 8 different times throughout January 2015
  • The content of each hour-long webinar will be the same and the PM/DCP will send out a notice of the webinar dates the week of December 22, 2014
  • Anyone interested in participating in a webinar can sign up in advance to receive the teleconference and webinar information
  • Once the webinar is complete, participants will understand when and how to look up a patient in the PMP, how to interpret the PMP data, how to do a batch look-up and other important information

Content of the webinars will also include how to:

  1. Sign up to be a delegate
  2. Enroll in the Executive Office of Health and Human Service’s Virtual Gateway
  3. Log into the online PMP
  4. Search for a patient
  5. Understand a patient’s prescription history
  6. Print a patient’s history
  7. Perform a Batch Look-up for those clinics that have scheduled appointments
  8. Know when you need to look up a patient’s prescription history (based on regulations)
  9. Go online for information from the PM/DCP website
  10. Get help and support for questions or issues with the PMP

Frequently Asked Questions

Please see the attached PDF document

 

Newly Elected MA Legislators 2015 – 2017

Newly elected MA Legislators

Robert A. DeLeo

Speaker of the House

The House of Representatives is led by the Speaker of the House, who is elected by House members at the beginning of the first year of each two-year session of the General Court. The Speaker appoints a leadership team composed of the Speaker pro Tempore, the Majority Floor Leader, Assistant Majority Floor Leader, and Second Assistant Majority Floor Leader. The Speaker’s appointments are subject to ratification of a majority party caucus vote. The Speaker similarly appoints House committee chairpersons.

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House of Representatives Republican Leadership

Bradley H. Jones, Jr.

Minority Leader

The Republican members of the House of Representatives are led by the House Minority Leader. The Minority Leader is elected by the House Republican caucus at the beginning of the first year of each two-year session of the General Court. The House Minority Leader has a leadership team consisting of an Assistant Minority Leader, Minority Whip, Assistant Minority Whip, and Ranking Republican Member on the Joint Committee on Ways and Means. The Minority Leader appoints Republican members to serve on various House and Joint Committees, and organizes and furthers the priorities of the Republican caucus.

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Members of the House of Representatives

The Massachusetts House of Representatives is comprised of 160 members, each representing a district of approximately 40,000 people. As required by the Massachusetts Constitution, the House meets every 72 hours, year-round in either formal or informal session to consider legislation. The Massachusetts House is led by the Speaker of the House who is elected by the members of the body at the beginning of each two-year legislative session. The Massachusetts Legislature, known as the General Court, has been meeting since 1713.
A List of Representatives individual contact information is available below.  For General Information please use: 617-722-2000
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BX/BS Foundation Forum: Tackling Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Mental Health Care

 

Seating is limited and filling up quickly for the upcoming forum,“The Time is Now: Tackling Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Mental and Behavioral Health Services in Massachusetts.” Please register today!

This forum will examine the magnitude and persistence of racial and ethnic health care disparities with a focus on the delivery of behavioral health services. Ongoing challenges and potential solutions will be examined in light of health care system and financing changes under state and national reform. The research will quantify the problem, costs and consequences. The forum will explore potential options and action steps to reduce disparities and move towards a more equitable distribution of critical resources.

Date:              Thursday, December 11, 2014
Time:              8:30 a.m. – noon
Location:       Omni Parker House Hotel, Boston, MA

A continental breakfast will be served during registration between 8:00 a.m. –  8:30 a.m.

To view the full agenda please visit the Massachusetts Health Policy Forum Website. If you have any questions, please contact Senior Events Manager, Ashley Brooks at ambrooks@brandeis.edu or (781) 736-3940. We hope that you will be able to join us.
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Counteracting Ebola Stress

It is hard to escape the stories about ebola today.  As the country and  individual states scramble to form public health policy, media reports of health care worker exposures are emerging daily.  The latest, a nurse in Texas, triggers the question “Just how contagious is this?” and now a possible exposure in Braintree, MA.  As psychiatric nurses working in health care facilities and seeing multicultural clients in a multicultural city, these are important times to get educated about actual risks and preventative practices. The Boston Public Health Commission  released a statement Sunday night saying that the man in question in Braintree did not meet criteria to be considered at high risk for Ebola but that the commission would continue to monitor the situation.  The Department of Public Health web site provides information for clinicians, universities and colleges and general information about ebola virus. Additionally, Psychiatric CNS’s and Psychiatric NP‘s are mindful of our own concerns and fears as well as those of our clients.  These times provide another opportunity to empower our patients and ourselves with education and strategies to cope with traumatizing news, as well as actual risks.

 

Transform Deep Brain Stimulation – Mass General Hospital

The Psychiatric CNS and Psychiatric NP working in Massachusetts have opportunities to inform and refer our most challenging clients with severe lifelong depression to those who are on the cutting edge of treatment.  The Psychiatric CNS and Psychiatric NP will be encountering clients with implants in the near future. We have a role in continuing therapy and conventional treatment in those with implants who can now expect a higher quality of life.   Psychiatric APRN’s will have opportunities to help clients form new life goals that they might have not imagined and use their capabilities to live the life they always intended to live.  Novel treatments provide the opportunity to reduce the burden of illness. Psych APRN’s will be key in giving therapy and care  to those emerging from a painful past and reducing the impact of depressive habits that could  interfere with achieving optimum outcomes.

MassEHealth: Effective and Proper Use of the Mass HIway Directory October 9, 2014

As Advanced Practice Psychiatric APRN’s we are involved in every aspect of professional care of our clients, including documenting care, protecting privacy and ensuring effective care collaboration and data sharing.  Look under the hood into the MassEHealth Initiatives and get familiar with how data is being used in everyday health care and how it relates to the larger issues such as the Affordable Care Act and Accountable Care Organization frameworks

 

 

Health Reform in Massachusetts 2012

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GOVERNOR PATRICK SIGNS ‘NEXT BIG STEP FORWARD’ ON HEALTH CARE REFORM, MASSACHUSETTS POISED TO LEAD NATION ON COST CONTROL

At State House ceremony, Governor credits broad coalition for making landmark law possible; Cites better care at lower costs, savings of nearly $200 billion over 15 years & increase in take home pay for workers, savings for families

Governor Patrick signs the health care reform bill in Nurses Hall at the State House. (Photo Credit: Eric Haynes / Governor’s Office) View full size photo.

BOSTON – Monday, August 6, 2012 – Governor Deval Patrick today launched the next phase of health care reform, signing legislation that builds on the Commonwealth’s nation-leading access to care through landmark measures that will lower costs and make quality, affordable care a reality for all Massachusetts residents.

“Today, we take our next big step forward. Massachusetts has been a model to the nation for access to health care. Today we become the first to crack the code on cost. And we have come this far together,” said Governor Patrick. “The law I have signed makes the link between better health and lower costs, that we need a real health care system in place of the sick care system we have today. What we’re really doing is moving towards a focus on health outcomes, and a system to reward that. We are ushering in the end of fee-for-service care in Massachusetts in favor of better care at lower cost.” (Read the Governor’s full remarks here.)

During a ceremony at the State House, Governor Patrick joined medical, business and labor leaders, caregivers and patient advocates, and legislators and policy makers, crediting the broad coalition for delivering on the promise of the Commonwealth’s 2006 health care reform law that expanded coverage to over 98% of residents, including 99.8% of children. The Governor noted that the first phase of health care reform, which the Patrick-Murray Administration successfully implemented, has led to more residents having a primary care physician, more businesses offering coverage and an increase in preventive care.

“Our Administration has worked to increase access to quality health care for Massachusetts residents, and we have built a strong partnership with providers, consumers, and other stakeholders to address the affordability of care within the system,” said Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray. “We thank the state legislature and all who have been dedicated to working with us as we prepare for the next phase of health care reform, reducing the rising cost within our health care system and easing the burden on Massachusetts families, businesses, and residents.”

“By striking just the right balance, this bill will help slow the spiraling health care costs faced by businesses and individual consumers while also allowing the marketplace to grow and function,” said Attorney General Martha Coakley. “We are proud to be part of this first-in-the-nation effort and are prepared to ensure the law’s fair and effective implementation. I thank Governor Patrick for his leadership on this issue and applaud the Legislature, particularly the work of Chairmen Walsh and Moore, as well as Senate President Murray and Speaker DeLeo, for this landmark health care bill.”