Federal News & Issues

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 29, 2020 – The American Psychiatric Association (APA) today issued the following statements in response to the death this week of an unarmed Black man in police custody in Minneapolis and the resulting civil unrest.

“The APA condemns all acts of police brutality,” said APA President Jeffrey Geller, M.D., M.P.H. “These acts have a harmful impact on the mental well-being of all Americans, especially the Black community, exacerbating stress, anxiety, and other mental health disorders. We call upon authorities in Minneapolis and throughout the United States, especially during this time of increased tension in our country due to the COVID-19 pandemic, to work harmoniously with community leaders to stop tragedies like this one from happening again and to calm the civil unrest that is raging in pockets of the U...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: May 29, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C., MAY 14, 2020 - Today, America’s frontline physicians, representing more than 600,000 physicians and medical students, are speaking out to protect our fellow physicians who provide crucial health care services that we cannot afford to be without during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Our members care for our nation’s children, pregnant women, adults, and elderly, covering a full range of physical, mental, and behavioral health conditions. We appreciate the vital role that International Medical Graduate physicians (IMGs) hold for our patients and our health care workforce. We call on the Administration and Congress to take immediate action to ensure that IMGs practicing in the U.S. and those seeking to begin residency training this summer are able to serve their communities and meet the nation’s health care workforce...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: May 14, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 1, 2020 – The American Psychiatric Association (APA) today praises action taken this week by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to increase access to telehealth for Americans who lack the required video technology or live in areas without reliable broadband access. The APA has pushed for this increased, audio-only access for patients who have older phones that do not have a camera or lack internet access.

“We applaud CMS for taking this step to further increase access to telehealth during the COVID-19 pandemic by allowing for audio-only visits,” said APA President Jeffrey Geller, M.D., M.P.H. “This allows us to better treat our patients while respecting guidelines on physical distancing. The full impact of the new CMS rule change is...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: May 1, 2020

Jeffrey Geller

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 29, 2020 – Jeffrey Geller, M.D., M.P.H., began his one-year term as President of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) at the conclusion of the APA Virtual Highlights Meeting. At the same time Vivian Pender, M.D., began her term as APA President-elect.

Geller is Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He is a staff psychiatrist at the Worcester Recovery Center and Hospital after seven years as its medical director. He has served in numerous APA leadership positions, including as Area 1 Trustee and Vice President of the APA Board of Trustees; member of the Committee on Psychiatric Diagnosis and Assessment...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Apr 29, 2020


WASHINGTON, D.C., April 29, 2020 –At the close of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) Virtual Highlights Meeting, Joseph C. Napoli, M.D., assumed the role of Speaker of the APA Assembly of District Branches.

Napoli is a board-certified psychiatrist in Fort Lee, New Jersey, a Partner and Co-Director of Resiliency, LLC, and an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Board Certified in Psychiatry, and a Distinguished Life Fellow of the APA. He is Past President of the New Jersey Psychiatric Association (NJPA), a district branch of the APA. He has served many years as a Representative to the APA...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Apr 29, 2020



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