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AAGP to meet in Orlando, Fla., for education, networking and planning
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The AAGP Board of Directors and Committees look forward to seeing hundreds of its members at the 2014 Annual Meeting in Orlando, Fla., next month. If you have not preregistered for the March 14-17 conference, you haven’t missed out. Onsite registration opens at the Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld on March 13 at 4 p.m. Join us in Florida for four days of educational sessions, networking, association governance and planning. Learn more at www.AAGPmeeting.org.
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CMS: Medicare Meaningful Use deadline extended to March 31
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced that the original planned deadline for physicians who are attesting for Medicare Meaningful Use in 2013 has been extended from 11:59 p.m. ET on Feb. 28 to 11:59 p.m. ET March 31. CMS delayed the date because the attestation system has been experiencing a number of problems that have precluded some physicians from submitting their attestation data. Concerns were raised that physicians would miss the attestation deadline and thus the opportunity for an incentive unless more time was given. Physicians who are seeking to attest should visit the CMS registration and attestation system. The EHR Information Center can be reached at 1-888-734-6433 and is open Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.–6:30 p.m. CT, except federal holidays.

CMS has provided the below tips on attesting:
  • Ensure that your payment assignment and other relevant information is up to date in the Medicare payment system PECOS.
  • Make sure to include a valid email address in your EHR program registration.
  • Consider logging on to use the attestation system during non-peak hours such as evenings and weekends.
  • Log on to the registration and attestation system now and ensure that your information is up to date and begin entering your 2013 data.
  • If you experience attestation problems, call the EHR Incentive Program Help Desk and report the problem.
  • If your organization has more than 1,000 providers assigned to a proxy user, use the PECOS system to designate additional proxies to facilitate attestation.
NOTE: The deadline extension applies only to the Medicare EHR Incentive Program. If you are participating in the Medicaid program you must contact your state for deadline information. If you are participating in the Physician Quality Reporting System you must still meet that programs’ deadline of Feb. 28. If you have elected to participate in the EHR Incentive Program/PQRS eReporting pilot to electronically report your clinical quality measures and receive dual credit, the deadline applies only to the MU “functional” objectives and the associated measures; it does not apply to the electronic reporting of CQM data through the Physician Quality Reporting System EHR Incentive Program Pilot. Medicare physicians should take care when entering their MU data into the attestation system. If they select the “eReporting Pilot option” then a physician will be required to submit their clinical quality measures electronically through the PQRS system separately. The Quality Help Desk can be reached 7 a.m.-7 p.m. CT Monday–Friday at qnetsupport@sdps.org or by phone: (866) 288-8912.

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HHS issues HIPAA guidance on sharing information related to mental health
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has released new guidance explaining how the HIPAA Privacy Rule operates to protect individuals’ privacy rights with respect to their mental health information and in what circumstances the Privacy Rule permits health care providers to communicate with patients’ family members and others to enhance treatment and assure safety.

The guidance recently published addresses some of the more frequently asked questions about when it is appropriate under the Privacy Rule for a health care provider to share the protected health information of a patient who is being treated for a mental health condition. The HHS Office for Civil Rights clarifies when HIPAA permits health care providers to: Communicate with a patient’s family members, friends, or others involved in the patient’s care, depending on whether the patient is an adult or a minor; and consider the patient’s capacity to agree or object to the sharing of their information. In addition, the guidance further clarifies how providers may communicate with family members, law enforcement, or others when the patient presents a serious and imminent threat of harm to themselves or others.

In addition, the guidance provides relevant reminders about related issues, such as the heightened protections afforded to psychotherapy notes by the Privacy Rule, a parent’s right to access the protected health information of a minor child as the child’s personal representative, the potential applicability of Federal alcohol and drug abuse confidentiality regulations or state laws that may provide more stringent protections for the information than HIPAA, and the intersection of HIPAA and FERPA in a school setting.

The complete guidance is available at www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/understanding/special/mhguidance.html. HIPAA FAQs are available at www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/faq/index.html.

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Interactive website to showcase dementia research
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The Alzheimer’s Australia Dementia Research Foundation has launched an interactive website to showcase dementia research currently being conducted in Australia, including La Trobe University's project that is looking at providing Australia's first companion robot for home-based dementia care.

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2 proposed Alzheimer's drugs show disappointing results
The Los Angeles Times
Two biological therapies designed to improve the clearance of sticky plaques from the brains of those with Alzheimer's disease have failed to slow the steady loss of cognitive function in patients with mild to moderate forms of the degenerative disorder.

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New 'Research Agenda For Suicide Prevention' released
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The National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention’s Research Prioritization Task Force of the National Institutes of Health has announced that the finalized document — "A Prioritized Research Agenda for Suicide Prevention: An Action Plan to Save Lives" — is available for download online at www.suicide-research-agenda.org.

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New Institute of Medicine president: Victor J. Dzau, MD
Victor J. Dzau, MD, has been named to be the next president of the Institute of Medicine, the National Academy of Sciences recently announced. Currently chancellor for health affairs at Duke University, president and CEO for Duke University Health System, and James B. Duke professor of medicine, Dzau will succeed Harvey V. Fineberg, who has served as IOM’s president for 12 years. Dzau's six-year term as president will begin July 1.

Dzau is highly regarded in the areas of translational research, health innovation, and global health care strategy and delivery. He was the guiding force in establishing the Duke Translational Medicine Institute, Duke Global Health Institute, Duke-NUS Medical School in Singapore, and Duke Institute for Health Innovation. Dzau’s own research laid the foundation for the development of angiotensin-converting-enzyme inhibitors, which are used globally for the treatment of high blood pressure and congestive heart failure. He pioneered gene therapy for vascular disease, being the first to introduce DNA decoy molecules to block transcriptions as gene therapy in humans.



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Welcome AAGP's new members!
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Psychiatrist Members
Benjamin Wright, MD
Carolina Jimenez Madiedo, MD
Derek Schumm, MD
Elias Ruiloba, MD, MS
Elizabeth Vassar, MD
Huaiyu Yang, MD
Kirk Harris, MD
Michael Solloway, MD
Murtuza Vali, MD
Radha Kambhampati, MD, MPH
Rehana Haque, MD
Samuel Hand, MD
Sara Bull, MD
Sarah Volk, MD
Vanessa Wood, MD
Vikas Duvvuri, MD

Student Members
Anita Rao, BS
Aubri Hoffman, PhD
Chelsie Hollas, BA, MPH
Matthew Lohman, MHS
Sarah Grohowski, BS
Tony Pham, BA
Members-in-Training
Anu Mathur, MD
Deepak Davidson, MD
Eric Brown, MD, HBSc
Janice Rios Loubriel, MD
Julie Hugo, MD
Kija Weldon, MD
Kim Johnson, MD
Kurtis Kaminishi, MD, MBA
Kyle Bechaz, MD
Noman Afzal, MD
Sarah Nguyen, MD
Theresa Hoeft, PhD

Members
Amanda Davis, MS
Bonny Chung, MD
Catherine Mattei-Williams
Diane Johnston, MS
Linda Kasparian
Maureen Kelly, BS
Natalie Wilgoren, ARNP
Sue Bikkie

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Get the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry iPad® Edition
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As an AAGP member, you are entitled to The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry iPad® Edition for free. All you have to do is register to activate your access and download the app. For information, go to www.ajgponline.org/content/mobileaccessinstructions.

The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry iPad® Edition allows you to get the content you need, where and when you need it. No more waiting until you're online. No more making sure you have your print copy handy. You can:
  • Bookmark your favorites
  • Take notes and highlight within articles
  • Quickly swipe through articles and issues
  • Save to your favorite reader app
  • Get up-to-the minute alerts on new issues and featured articles by activating the App Alerts

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Omega-3 supplements, sertraline could help prevent onset of depression and dementia in later life
News-Medical.net
A University of Sydney study is looking into the effectiveness of omega-3 supplements and the antidepressant, sertraline, in reducing depressive symptoms and cognitive decline in older people, in a bid to prevent the onset of depression and dementia in later life.
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Parents with Alzheimer's: Troubling signs for their grown children
Los Angeles Times
The brains of adults who have elderly parents diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease betray troubling hallmarks of the same disease even in middle age, when the memory and mental skills of these grown children are still perfectly normal, a new study finds. Research published in the journal Neurology finds that Alzheimer's-related abnormalities were most pronounced in the brains of those with two parents suffering from the disease.
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Interactive website to showcase dementia research
Pulse+IT Magazine
The Alzheimer’s Australia Dementia Research Foundation has launched an interactive website to showcase dementia research currently being conducted in Australia, including La Trobe University's project that is looking at providing Australia's first companion robot for home-based dementia care. The launch of the website coincides with the announcement of 29 research grants to young scientists, who will share in $2.5 million to conduct dementia research.
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Cooking meat 'may be dementia risk'
BBC
Browning meat in the oven, grill or frying pan produces chemicals which may increase the risk of developing dementia, U.S. researchers suggest.
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