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WASHINGTON, D.C. — The American Psychiatric Association (APA) last fall joined six other health organizations in filing a lawsuit against the Administration’s decision to allow for the expanded sale of short-term, limited duration plans (STLDI) in exchange for comprehensive health plans mandated by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Today, a federal district court judge upheld the government’s regulations regarding STLDI plans. In response, the APA issued the following statements:

“We are deeply disappointed that the court ruled in favor of the Administration’s rule, which will allow these plans to deny coverage for pre-existing conditions, and have other detrimental impacts for our patients,” said APA President Bruce Schwartz, M.D. “This ruling could be catastrophic for many Americans with mental illness or substance...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Jul 19, 2019

Patrice Harris.jpgCHICAGO — Patrice Harris, M.D., M.A., a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association (APA), was sworn in today as President of the American Medical Association (AMA), the nation’s largest medical society with roughly 250,000 members.  

Harris was elected president-elect of the AMA in June 2018. She served on the AMA Board of Trustees beginning in 2011 and was secretary in 2014-2015 and chair in 2016-2017. She is currently chair of the AMA Opioid Task Force. As a practicing psychiatrist trained in child/adolescent and forensic psychiatry, she consults with both public and private organizations on health service delivery and is an adjunct assistant professor in the Emory Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.

“We look forward to the opportunity to continuing to work with Dr...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Jul 11, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The American Psychiatric Association (APA) is deeply concerned with the recent reports regarding the conditions children and their families who are seeking asylum at the U.S. border are being held in, and the traumatic affects those conditions will have on their mental health. In response, the APA released this statement from APA President Bruce Schwartz, M.D.:

“Every effort should be made to mitigate the impact of long-term detainment and minimize the number of days that families spend in detention. Scientific studies and clinical experience show that stress and adversity are particularly harmful when these events happen during significant periods of emotional and brain development, such as the first few years of life and adolescence. For example, children who have been exposed to chronic or...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Jul 9, 2019

LONDON, United Kingdom — American Psychiatric Association CEO and Medical Director Saul M. Levin, M.D., M.P.A., was awarded an Honorary Fellowship by the Royal College of Psychiatrists during the College’s International Congress last week. Each year the President and the nomination committee nominates up to five Honorary fellows from its members.

Prof. Levin received his medical degree in 1982 from the University Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. He completed his residency in psychiatry at the UC Davis Medical Center and worked as a special expert appointee for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, of the U.S. Department of Health and...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Jul 8, 2019

Washington, DC – The Partnership to Amend 42 CFR Part 2 (Partnership), a coalition of nearly 50 health care organizations committed to aligning 42 CFR Part 2 (Part 2) with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) for the purposes of treatment, payment, and health care operations (TPO), today issued the following statement in response to the introduction of identical bipartisan bills in both the House and Senate. The Overdose Prevention and Patient Safety Act, “OPPS Act”, was introduced by Congressmen Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Markwayne Mullin (R-OK) and the Protecting Jessica Grubb’s Legacy Act, “Legacy Act”, was introduced by Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) and Joe Manchin (D-WV).

“ABHW and its member companies applaud the introduction...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Apr 3, 2019

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