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Thu March 26, 2015

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ARLINGTON, Va – The American Psychiatric Association (APA) applauds today’s bipartisan House vote on legislation that would repeal the flawed Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula for Medicare physician payment rates. The APA urges quick Senate action on the bill.

This legislation, SGR Repeal and Medicare Provider Payment Modernization Act of 2015 (H.R. 2), would repeal the SGR and establish a series of payment reforms under Medicare focusing on quality instead of volume. Future payments would be determined by a doctor’s participation in integrated care settings, health outcomes and quality measures.

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Apr 13, 2015

Tue April 07, 2015

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ARLINGTON, Va – The American Psychiatric Association welcomes a proposed rule released Monday by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that would require provisions of the Mental Health Parity Act to apply to the majority of Medicaid plans and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

“The proposed rule, by expanding mental health parity, has the potential to greatly improve access to care for mental health and substance use disorders and the equity which our patients need,” said APA President Paul Summergrad, M.D. “We’ve made much progress in recent years under the Mental Health Parity Act and...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Apr 13, 2015

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