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WASHINGTON, D.C. – On February 14, 17 children and adults at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, lost their lives at the hands of an individual with an assault weapon. Thousands of children across the country went to school that morning, but some never returned home that afternoon. This senseless loss of life has become all too common in our country, ending lives, shattering families and disrupting the fabric of another community forever branded by this act of violence.

Our organizations include 450,000 physicians and medical student members. Gun violence is a public health epidemic that is growing in frequency and lethality, and it is taking a toll on our patients. We urge our national leaders to recognize in this moment what the medical community has long understood: we must treat this...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Feb 16, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The members of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) have chosen Bruce J. Schwartz, M.D., as its next president-elect. The results were released today but are not official until the APA Board of Directors confirms the election at its March meeting.

Schwartz is the Deputy Chairman and a Professor of Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Montefiore Medical Center and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City. He has served numerous leadership roles at APA, including currently as the Treasurer of the APA and chair of the Audit Committee and member of the Investment Oversight Committee, Finance and Budget Committee and Board of the APA Foundation. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Mental Health Association of NYC and was the Editor-in...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Feb 9, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The American Psychiatric Association (APA) applauds today’s early morning passage of bipartisan budget legislation that will secure federal funding for two years. In response, the APA is issuing this statement from its CEO and Medical Director Saul Levin, M.D., M.P.A.:

“We are pleased that today’s budget deal included $6 billion to fight opioid abuse, one of the most critical public health issues facing our nation today. The opioid crisis has taken a heavy toll on millions of families in American. We applaud Congress for approaching these issues in a bipartisan way. Our members stand ready to provide our expertise in treating this epidemic.

“In addition to funding for the opioid crisis, the APA is pleased that this bill extends the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) another four...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Feb 9, 2018


The American Psychiatric Association’s 2018 Annual Meeting features nationally recognized experts in psychiatry and mental health policy, research and clinical practice. The meeting will feature more than 550 sessions and specialized tracks, including addiction psychiatry, child and adolescent psychiatry, forensic psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry, physician well-being and burnout, and more. It will also include a Mental Health Innovation Zone highlighting advances in mental health technology.”


  • Elinore McCance-Katz,, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and...
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Author: mbourdase - Published: Jan 31, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On behalf of the more than 560,000 physicians and medical students represented by the combined memberships of our organizations, we strongly urge the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to put patients first, and reconsider its support of state waiver requests that would prohibit qualified providers from participating in the Medicaid program.

Our organizations issued joint principles on this issue, which we shared with Acting HHS Secretary Hargan and CMS Administrator Verma in a December 8, 2017 letter. These principles urge CMS to "do no harm...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Jan 30, 2018



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