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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


The American Psychiatric Association (APA) is hosting the 2019 Mental Health Innovation Zone, presented by Takeda Pharmaceuticals, U.S.A., a showcase and catalyst for new mental health technologies, as part of its 2019 Annual Meeting. The Innovation Zone is focused on answering the question: "What is next in mental health technology?" It will include lectures, panel discussions, workshops and a "Shark Tank"-style innovation session where attendees can pitch their own product ideas. Topics will include:

  • Commercialization of Precision Psychiatry ToolsHow Psychiatrists Use VR to Address Mental Health Disorders
  • How to Build a Culture of Emotional Well-Being
  • Enhancing Patient Care Through an AI Chat Service
  • Digital Therapeutics: A New Addition to Standard of Care?
  • ...
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Author: mbourdase - Published: Apr 1, 2019

Washington, D.C. — In Kentucky and Arkansas, a U.S. District Court Judge ruled for the second time against taking Medicaid coverage away from people who do not meet work requirements. Judge James Boasberg ruled that employment conditions do not advance Medicaid's basic purpose of providing health coverage, indicating that “The Court cannot concur that the Medicaid Act leaves the [HHS] Secretary so unconstrained, nor that the states are so armed to refashion the program Congress designed in any way they choose.”

Seven leading national medical, consumer and health advocacy groups who had previously filed an amicus brief in the Kentucky case, which was cited by the Judge in his ruling on the state’s work requirement, issued the following statement in response to the decision:

“Medicaid plays a critical role in...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Mar 28, 2019



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