The manual is a collaborative effort by APA's Publishing Division and the Department of Government Relations (DGR) to help psychiatrists understand how the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act affects them and the patients they treat. The primer includes articles on health care reform from Psychiatric News, the American Journal of Psychiatry, and Psychiatric Services and information prepared by DGR. Among the topics discussed are coverage of mental health care services under the reform law, the integration of mental health and general health care, and how the insurance market will be structured under the reform law.
The primer is posted at www.appi.org/SiteCollectionDocuments/Journals/PSY/HealthCareReform.pdf.
Read more about how the reform law is changing psychiatric practice in Psychiatric News at http://pn.psychiatryonline.org/content/46/6/9.2.full.