I want to invite and welcome you to the 2017 Spring Meeting of the Psychiatric Society of Virginia on March 17-18 in Richmond, Virginia, jointly provided by the APA and PSV. We have a distinguished group of faculty for the presentation about “The Economics of Healthcare” and I’m excited to be able to give you a brief preview of what’s in store. We will lead off with my childhood friend, Bob Graboyes, who is the Senior Research Fellow and Healthcare Economist at the Mercatus Center of George Mason University. He has written extensively about healthcare in the digital era and will talk about how we may embrace rather than fear the technologic advances we’re already living with. He is a brilliant and entertaining speaker and will liven up our morning. We are honored to then have Senator Creigh Deeds discuss the legislative aspects of funding health and mental healthcare from both professional and personal perspectives. Virginia Brooks is the Vice President of Physician Services for VHCQ and will enlighten us about the many changes to Medicare’s newly implemented payment reforms, sorting out the many acronyms along the way.
After lunch and the business meeting, we are fortunate to have Anita Everett lead off the afternoon session. Anita was my chief resident at UVA and is now the president-elect of the APA, in addition to her many other jobs, and will talk about how we use our dues to fund the extensive work of the APA. Following Dr. Everett’s talk will be Norman Carroll, Professor of Pharmacoeconomics at the VCU School of Pharmacy. Norm will illuminate us about the costs and value of drugs and medicine development. Finally, we will have a panel discussion among the speakers about the future of mental health treatment and funding.
This promises to be an outstanding meeting and I hope you can join us for the Saturday meeting as well as the Friday night reception. Looking forward to seeing you in Richmond.