Steve Daviss MD DFAPA for Area 3 Trustee (2016)

The fields of medicine, in general, and of psychiatry, in particular, are undergoing historic changes. The high cost of healthcare in the United States is leading to changes in the system of healthcare financing that rewards quality outcomes rather than high volumes. In the next three years, we will see a number of alternative payment models that will affect our practices and our patients, with Medicare leading the charge. While we maintain the free right to operate outside “the system,” this evolution will require complex changes to healthcare policies, to the measurement of quality and outcomes, and to the information technologies that lie underneath electronic health records, health information exchanges, disease registries, and mobile health technologies.

Whether one accepts insurance or not, these changes will drastically change the economics of healthcare. Those who can demonstrate the best outcomes, reduce total healthcare spending, and improve patients’ experience (the “Triple Aim”) will fare well. Psychiatrists are in a unique position to be the biggest winners within these new models -- but only if we are at ALL the tables where these policy and economic decisions will be made. Providing effective, integrated psychiatric interventions improves the ability of patients to take better care of their overall health, with billions of dollars in savings on the “medical side.” Psychiatrists -- because of our unique biopsychosocial training -- are the key to unlocking the benefits of the triple aim.

As a potential member of the BOT, I understand these multiple healthcare system levers and will encourage the APA to develop forward-thinking policies that ensure our organization increases relevance for current members, attracts and retains younger members, and develops nonmember revenue sources that serve our members and advance quality for our patients.

This is the perspective I bring to the Board of Trustees. My passion is ensuring that the value that we bring to improving people’s lives is recognized, understood, and fulfilled. I have practiced this by participating at multiple levels to assert advocacy for psychiatry’s unique role.

Education and Training

  • 1989    M.D.  University of Maryland School of Medicine

  • 1993    Residency - Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, University Health Center of Pittsburgh

  • 1995    Clinical Research Fellowship - Maryland Psychiatric Research Center, University of Maryland

  • 2008-12  Oregon Health Sciences University coursework in Clinical Informatics; and American College of Physician Executives coursework in the Business of Medicine

  • ABPN Certified in Psychiatry and in Psychosomatic Medicine


In Maryland, I have served my district branch in committees for public affairs, communications, nominations, and legislative affairs, and served at every officer level, including president and council chair. In 2013, the Maryland Psychiatric Society first established the Presidential Award of Excellence and bestowed upon me the inaugural award in recognition of my extraordinary level of service and commitment to the Society.

In Maryland and nationally, I have served on numerous committees, task forces, and workgroups -- many regulatory and legislative in nature -- that address various aspects of healthcare, always advocating for parity and recognition for our patients and our members, while bringing fresh perspectives and out-of-the-box thinking to complex problems. These committees have addressed parity, access to care, behavioral health integration, care coordination, public policy, healthcare reform, standards for electronic behavioral health records, health information exchange, mobile health technology, health IT standards, telemedicine, quality measures, quality improvement, addictions, Medicaid pharmacy policies, and postgraduate medical education.

At the APA, I am an APA Distinguished Fellow, and am MPS Assembly Rep 2012-present, and also 2007-2009. I have authored over a dozen successful Action Papers. I serve on the Council on Quality and chair the Committee on Mental Health Information Technology, where we work on quality measures, disease registries, accreditation standards for insurance companies and hospital, parity, electronic medical records, health information technology standards, telemedicine, and mobile health apps. Dr. Steve Sharfstein appointed me in 2005 to represent the APA on URAC’s Health Standards Committee, where I continue to ensure that parity and access to care are included within insurance company accreditation standards.

In the clinical sphere, I currently provide part-time patient care in an urban clinic providing care to underserved and complex populations. I have previously served in nearly every type of healthcare setting, including solo private practice, group practice, hospital inpatient, hospital outpatient, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, substance abuse programs, federally qualified health centers, free medical clinics, teaching facilities, emergency departments, and consultation-liaison psychiatry.

My clinical leadership roles have been chief resident for Western Psychiatric Institute and clinic; founding president of a private, multidisciplinary group practice; medical director of a substance abuse program; associate chair of a psychiatry department in a general hospital; and chair of the department of psychiatry at University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center. I am currently founding president of a consulting group focused on integrated care and related healthcare policy and health information technology, as well as CMIO for M3 Information, a DC-based mental health research company started by Robert Post MD.

In summary, I bring fresh perspectives and new ideas to the Board of Trustees. I bring member-focused and patient-centric passion and commitment to the Board of Trustees.
And I bring a BOT “outsider” perspective to the Board of Trustees.

I am asking for your vote. Please remember to VOTE your choice in January!

Steve Daviss MD DFAPA  |  |  cell/text: 410-782-0077
3312 Rueckert Ave, Baltimore MD 21214  |