The handbook is divided into seven sections.
Practice Management for Psychiatrists: The Basics
Information on how to find a position or choose a private practice location and how to obtain the licensing and certification
Establishing Your Own Practice
Practical issues involved in establishing a private practice
Maintaining Your Practice
Ongoing issues encountered in private practice
Patient Care Issues
Specifically related to your contacts with patients, including confidentiality, duty to warn, informed consent, civil commitment, and medical records
Managed Care Issues
Topics related to practicing in managed care settings, including contract considerations, appeal denials, and more. Also includes issues most often cited by APA members calling the Practice Management Help Line.
Ethical issues encountered in the practice of psychiatry, as well as managing relationships with patients, reducing malpractice risk, and practice guidelines
Key legal issues encountered by psychiatrists, including information about Medicare and Medicaid, definitions of what constitutes fraud and abuse, a brief discussion of ERISA and antitrust issues, and an introduction to the National Practitioner Data Bank.
Also included are a bibliography and a glossary as well as 27 practical appendices. Of particular interest may be Appendix D, Utilizing the APA and Its Resources, which provides a compendium of the services that APA offers and phone numbers to access them.