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The Effects of the Affordable Care Act on the Practice of Psychiatry [CME]

J Clin Psychiatry 2013;74(4):357-362
The Effects of the Affordable Care Act on the Practice of Psychiatry [CME]

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The Affordable Care Act is going to impact the practice of psychiatry as the number of insured Americans increases. Insurance companies are now required to provide coverage for children and adults with pre-existing conditions, eliminate dollar limits for lifetime coverage, and provide free preventive services. The delivery of psychiatric care is shifting toward preventing illness and creating patient-centered medical homes. Primary care physicians and specialists, such as psychiatrists, will function under new models that emphasize coordinated care teams and incorporate new technologies. Payments for physicians will be based on value rather than volume, and funding for research may include more partnerships to study new care delivery methods. As changes continue through 2014, clinicians must understand how their practice of psychiatry and patient care will be affected.

From the Yale School of Medicine and the VA Connecticut Healthcare System, New Haven (Dr Ebert); Johns Hopkins Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Johns Hopkins Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland (Dr Findling); Penn State Hershey Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, Pennsylvania (Dr Gelenberg); The Zucker Hillside Hospital, Glen Oaks; Hofstra North Shore-Long Island Jewish School of Medicine, Uniondale; and Behavior Health Services, North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System, New Hyde Park, New York (Dr Kane); Bipolar Clinic and Research Program, Depression Clinical and Research Program, Harvard Medical School, and Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston (Dr Nierenberg); Banner Alzheimer's Institute, Alzheimer's Prevention Initiative, and the University of Arizona College of Medicine, Phoenix (Dr Tariot).​