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It’s Time to Extend Mental Health Services to Incarcerated Individuals

Every year, roughly 2 million people with serious mental illness are arrested in the United States, and nearly half a million are incarcerated at any given time. Giving these inmates access to federally-funded mental health services shortly before their release would likely help reduce those staggering numbers.

Medicare's MIPS Program: Understanding the 2018 Reporting Changes

Many psychiatrists who treat Medicare patients were impacted by payment reform requirements last year and need to be aware of additional changes to the program for 2018. The American Psychiatric Association is working to provide you with the tools you need to be successful in Medicare's Merit-based Incentive Payment System.

APA Stands with Dreamers, Urges Congress to Reinstate DACA

The recent news of the Trump Administration’s plan to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is deeply troubling for a host of reasons, not the least of which is the negative impact it would potentially have on our nation’s mental health care. That is why the APA joined 69 other health professional organizations in sending a letter to leaders of both houses of Congress urging them to act swiftly to protect those with DACA status. In addition, the APA sent its own letter stressing the importance of protecting those affected by this decision.

APA Urges Senate HELP Committee to Preserve Essential Health Care Benefits

This month, the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) has been holding hearings on stabilizing premiums and helping individuals in the individual insurance market for 2018, with a key hearing this Thursday.

APA’s Efforts to Fight Senate Health Care Bill

After Congress returns from its July 4th recess, Senate Republicans will resume their efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), better known as Obamacare. The bill, the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), was recently scored by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), and the findings paint a grim picture for the future of health care should it become law.