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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

Our organizations, which represent a combined membership of more than 560,000 physician and medical student members, are alarmed by the Administration’s announcement that they will no longer defend any part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) in the federal case Texas v United States. This decision places the health care of millions of Americans, including those with pre-existing health care conditions, in jeopardy.

As physicians who provide a majority of care to individuals for physical and mental conditions, we know these insurance reforms and protections are essential to ensuring access to affordable health coverage for more than 130 million Americans, including the more than 31 million individuals between the ages of 55 and 64...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Mar 27, 2019

Washington, D.C. — The American Psychiatric Association (APA) today awarded U.S. Rep. Doris Matsui (D-CA) the association’s Jacob K. Javits Award at a dinner ceremony.

The APA presents this award to a lawmaker or policymaker who has demonstrated distinguished leadership in supporting the profession of psychiatry and mental health advocacy. Named for former Sen. Jacob K. Javits of New York, it is the highest honor the APA confers on a public servant.

“Rep. Matsui has proven herself to be devoted mental health advocate through her leadership that has led to the passage of critical mental health policies benefiting patients across the country,” said APA President-Elect Bruce Schwartz, M.D.

Among the highlights of Rep. Matsui’s recent work on helping patients and their families, she championed the...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Mar 12, 2019



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