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Category : What APA is Doing for You

New Partnership to Focus on Gender Equity, Wellness and Leadership Issues Faced by Women Physicians

 Female physicians face persistent challenges, including pay inequities, discrimination and an imbalance between responsibilities at work and home. To address those issues, six leading medical organizations have formed a partnership, Women’s Wellness through Equity and Leadership project (WEL), that will bring together early- to mid-career female physicians for networking, mentorship and leadership training.

Supporting Research Into Gun Violence is a Vital Public Health Concern

As physicians, we rely on a science-based approach to problem solving and know that solutions must be developed through evidence and extensive research. The APA believes that robust study into the underlying causes of gun violence and the effectiveness of potential interventions is necessary to reversing course and preventing further injury, death and other harms to society resulting from firearms.

What APA is Doing For You: Fighting to Protect Patient Protections in Insurance Law

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) recently filed suit along with several allied groups in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to invalidate the short-term, limited-duration insurance (STLDI) plan rule issued last month by three federal agencies. The STLDI rule undermines consumer protections for those with pre-existing conditions and could open the door for insurers to engage in practices that discriminate on age, gender or health status.

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.