PRMS Blog

For a second consecutive year, PRMS has partnered up with Kraftlove Inc., a nonprofit organization that was founded in 2015 to assist children who are impacted by illness.  Through kits assembled in Kraftlove boxes, children in local hospitals have the opportunity to use art projects as a mechanism to aid with the healing process. Kathi Heagerty and Leigh Baker closing up fi ...

Posted:

In 1986, I was hired by the American Psychiatric Association in the Office of Member and Staff Benefits, continuing my path in the non-profit sector.  But soon after my employment began, the APA spun-off their insurance program into a for-profit company named Professional Risk Management Services, Inc.   This was a surprise and an adjustment indeed – after all, eyes often glaze ...

Posted:
Categories: PRMS Blog, 30 Years

South Asians are a heterogeneous group of people that share ethnic, linguistic, cultural, geographic, and culinary threads. Their origins are in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan and the Maldives. Asian Indians comprise the third largest Asian racial group in the United States. The South Asian community, along with the larger Asian community, is a highly to ...

Posted:
Categories: PRMS Blog, SAMHIN

In light of the staggering statistic that each day 22 military veterans commit suicide, the nonprofit organization Honor Courage Commitment launched the #22PushUpChallenge, a project aimed at raising awareness to the importance of mental health issues among veterans. This year, in recognition of Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and with the help of our friends at CapSpecialt ...

Posted:

PRMS has a long history of supporting mental health organizations, initiatives and the mental health community.  Since the early 1990s, PRMS has endowed the prestigious Manfred S. Guttmacher Award, which recognizes outstanding contributions to forensic psychiatry literature. The 2016 Guttmacher Award was presented on May 15 during the APA Annual Meeting in Atlanta. The recipie ...

Posted:
Categories: PRMS Blog

As a part of PRMS’ partnership with NYCPS, Executive Director Meagan O’Toole is a featured author on the PRMS Blog this month! Do you know which of your colleagues went to medical school out-of-state? Who plays an instrument?  Or who speaks multiple languages? Could you spot the World Record holder in the room? You can learn the answers to all of the “important” questions whil ...

Posted:

In the July 14th issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, there was a review article titled “State of Telehealth.” In it, Drs. Dorsey and Topol describe the following three current telemedicine trends: “The first is the transformation of the application of telehealth from increasing access to health care to providing convenience and eventually reducing cost. The second is ...

Posted:
Categories: PRMS Blog, Risk Management

The Office of Civil Rights (OCR) has announced its latest and largest HIPAA settlement to date.  Advocate Health Care will pay a settlement amount of $5.55 million and adopt a corrective action plan to bring a lengthy OCR investigation to an end.  In 2013, the Illinois-based health system first notified OCR of the theft of four unencrypted desktop computers, collectively housin ...

Posted:
Categories: Risk Management

Psychiatry is one of the most rewarding fields in medicine, but psychiatrists face a myriad of liability risks, especially relating to issues such as telepsychiatry, suicidal patients, medication issues, use of social media, electronic health records and more. Unfortunately, risk management strategies related to these topics are not often formally addressed during residency tra ...

Posted:
Categories: PRMS Blog

Did you notice the recent Washington Post headline “The American Psychiatric Association issues a warning: No psychoanalyzing Donald Trump?” The article included many examples of psychologists and physicians (including one psychiatrist) who have never evaluated celebrities but have nonetheless commented on their mental health. No matter how tempting, especially given the someti ...

Posted:
Categories: PRMS Blog, Risk Management