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560,000 physicians and medical students oppose the American Health Care Act

Washington, D.C. — “Our organizations, which represent over 560,000 physicians and medical students, are deeply disappointed that the U.S. House of Representatives today passed the American Health Care Act (AHCA), an inherently flawed bill that would do great harm to our patients. We urge the Senate to promptly put aside the AHCA, and instead work with our organizations to achieve real bipartisan solutions to improve affordability, access, and coverage for all.

Our members are the frontline physicians who provide physical and mental health care services to millions of patients each day. We provide care to children, the aged, those with chronic conditions, people battling addiction, and the many...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: May 5, 2017

ARLINGTON, Va. — The American Psychiatric Association (APA) strongly supports the nomination of Elinore McCance-Katz, M.D., Ph.D., to be the first Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use in the Department of Health and Human Services. The APA urges the Senate to swiftly confirm her nomination.

The Trump Administration announced late Friday that it will nominate McCance-Katz, an APA member psychiatrist, to the position. McCance-Katz, M.D., Ph.D., is currently the chief medical officer for the Rhode Island Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities, and Hospitals. She is also a professor of psychiatry and human behavior and professor of behavioral and social sciences at the Alpert Medical School at Brown University.

“Dr. McCance-Katz has a wealth of experience in academic...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Apr 26, 2017

WASHINGTON, April 17, 2017 — As the world's leading organizations representing clinicians, laboratory researchers, and physician-scientists committed to improving patient care, we support the March for Science and its nonpartisan call for the appreciation of scientific evidence, education, and investment. Science has no political agenda but gives us the tools to find the truths about our world and then implement informed policies to enrich our communities.

Fundamental appreciation for scientific evidence is vital, and it begins with access to science education that highlights critical thinking and evidence-based decision-making. Americans need access to education that inspires them to question the world around them and develop new technologies and solutions.

Science is vital to our health, as an...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Apr 18, 2017

ARLINGTON, Va. March 22, 2017 — On the eve of a planned House vote on the American Health Care Act (AHCA), the American Psychiatric Association (APA) sent a letter to Congressional leaders voicing its opposition to the bill. In addition, the APA issued the following statement:

“The AHCA will remove insurance coverage from millions of Americans who will not be able to access treatment otherwise,” said APA President Maria A. Oquendo, M.D., Ph.D. “Furthermore, the bill will roll back Medicaid expansion that occurred...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Mar 23, 2017

ARLINGTON, Va. March 16, 2017 — The American Psychiatric Association (APA) today reaffirmed its support behind the ethics guideline commonly known as “The Goldwater Rule,” which asserts that member psychiatrists should not give professional opinions about the mental state of someone they have not personally evaluated.

The APA’s Ethics Committee issued an opinion that clarifies the ethical principle and answers questions that have been posed recently.

Since...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Mar 16, 2017

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