January, 2016
In This Issue
2016 Spring Meeting Registration OPEN
Prior Authorization for Medications Survey

APA Officer Elections
Court Case Threatens Physician-Patient Confidentiality
Resident-Fellow Travel Grants Expanded
In Memoriam
Nov. & Dec. Executive Council  Meeting Minutes
Job Opportunities:
OLOL Baton Rouge
VA Hospital
Integrated Behavioral Health, LLC


Ochsner Health System


Metropolitan Human Services District
Dane Street

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LPMA physician members (especially those accepting Medicaid patients), are reporting a higher than normal amount of prior authorization refusals. We have also been informed that many patients are even experiencing delays of discontinuities in care because of these expanding numbers of requests for prior authorizations, even for renewal of existing scripts that are being tapered or decreased in dose.
This issue was placed on the agenda of Executive Council meeting . In response, Council members  approved a survey tool for distribution to our membership.
The Executive Council is therefore requesting that all of our psychiatrist members complete the confidential survey using the link provided. Accomplishing this should take less than 10 minutes from start to finish. Your data will help us build support for any future action that may be needed to correct this unfortunate trend.

2016 APA Elections

Voting is open from January 4 - February 1, 2016.  Click here to view  the final slate of candidates and for instructions to cast your vote.


  Court case threatens physician-patient confidentiality
What if patients no longer felt safe sharing personal-yet-crucial-information with their physicians?  A case to be heard by the Washington Supreme Court threatens the integrity of the patient-physician relationship, potentially raising new obstacles to communication and trust.

In Volk v. DeMeerleer, a treating psychiatrist was charged with liability for his patient's homicidal actions in 2010. A lower court decided that the psychiatrist could not have identified the actual victims as targets because the patient had communicated no threats against them during his treatment.
An appeals court then examined the duty of a mental health professional to protect a third party when an outpatient occasionally expresses homicidal ideas without identifying the ultimate target. The majority reversed the trial court and ruled that mental health professionals who treat voluntary outpatients may owe a duty to protect "all foreseeable victims, not only those reasonably identifiable victims who were actually threatened by the patient." Continue reading....

Effectively immediately: to increase the number of available Resident-Fellow travel grants to members, the Finance Committee has decreased in-town travel grants to $250 per meeting. Out-of-town travel grants will remain $500 per meeting. Travel grants applied for in 2015 that are pending for 2016 meeting travel will remain at the current travel award of $500 per meeting. If you need more information or have any questions, please contact Cathy Thompson.



Norman Lee Mauroner, MD
Norman Lee Mauroner, MD, 93, of Shreveport, LA, died at home on Friday, November 27, 2015.
Dr. Mauroner was a Distinguished Life Fellow of the Louisiana Psychiatric Medical Association and the American Psychiatric Association. He joined the membership in 1967 and served as an active member for 49 years. He will be missed by all who knew him. Continuing reading...




November & December Executive Council Meeting Minutes




    Job Opportunities 

Our Lady of the Lake in Baton Rouge is seeking two full time BC/BE Attending Psychiatrists to join their rapidly growing department.  They are seeking candidates who thrive in team based care settings, are serious about their scholarly pursuits, and dedicated to the provision of outstanding evidence based clinical service.  Click here to find out more.  
South Louisiana Veterans Health Care System (SLVHCS) is now hiring psychiatrists to fill a number of positions associated with the opening of the Replacement Medical Center next year. This is a great opportunity to join up with your colleagues at the New Orleans VA to practice state of the art medicine in a resource rich setting, with ready access to specialty care, interdisciplinary treatment teams, and strong academic affiliations, in an invigorating setting that also offers stability and very competitive compensation.

Inpatient, outpatient, consultative and telepsychiatry positions are available. Prior VA experience would be beneficial, but is not  required. Recruitment and relocation funding is available and negotiable. Interested Board Certified or eligible candidates may contact Dr. Dean Robinson (Chief of Service) or Garry Laborde, LCSW (Assistant Chief) at 504 571-8283 for more information.

Integrated Behavioral Health, LLC a growing Group multidisciplinary
practice  seeks full time Board Certified/Eligible adult and/or child
psychiatrist to join the  team. We offer a competitive salary and benefits
package. You get to work in downtown New Orleans within a fun
practice of various disciplines and with the potential to work in several
different practice settings. Soon we will also offer a Baton Rouge
practice location and potentially telepsychiatry. Contact Tricia Mogg
or Mehdi Qalbani, MD Dr.q@ibhnola.com. We can also be reached at

OCHSNER HEALTH SYSTEM is seeking BC/BE PSYCHIATRISTS to join our expanding psychiatry practice. Both newly trained and experienced psychiatrists are encouraged to apply. Physicians directly from residency training or with experience will be considered. Salary offered will be competitive and commensurate with experience and training. Click here for position locations and details.

QCCH has an exceptional opportunity for full or part time Psychiatrist to join our team of healthcare professionals.

The qualified candidate will provide psychiatry services to the incarcerated population within a correctional medical unit environment, treat a wide variety of cases, with opportunity for patient education and follow-up, and provided excellent support staff on-hand with no practice management hassles and no overhead expenses along with no 3rd-party billing issues.

Job Requirements
*currently licensed to practice psychiatry
*Board-certification or Board-eligibility
*Current CPR certification
*Current DEA certification

This position will require background check, security clearance, and/or drug screen.
Contact: Barbara Caminske -  BCaminske@qcch.com
Phone: 631-576-9910

Metropolitan Human Services District has positions open for qualified psychiatrists licensed by the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners.  For job details click here.  For more information on the position please contact Krystal Casson Griffin at  krystal.casson-griffin@la.gov

Dane Street is looking for board-certified Psychiatrists with an active Louisiana license for their Utilization Review Division.  For job details click here. For more information, please contact Denise Capua at Dane Street; (603) 770-8101 or via email,  DCapua@danestreet.com.


Louisiana Psychiatric Medical Association
9655 Perkins Rd, #C-152
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70810