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Category : What APA is Doing for You

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.

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.