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APA Member Harsh Trivedi named to American Hospital Association Board

Harsh Trivedi, M.D., M.B.A., the head of the Sheppard Pratt Health System in Baltimore and a prominent member of the American Psychiatric Association (APA), has been named to the Board of Trustees for the American Hospital Association (AHA). He begins his three-year term to the AHA board on Jan. 1, 2019.

APA Awarded $7.1 Million Grant for Minority Fellowship Program

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) has been awarded a five-year, $7.1 million grant to continue and expand the HHS/Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) grant. The dollar amount represents a nearly doubling of annual federal funding for the APA fellowships.

APA Joins Health Care Community in Calling on Congress to Hold Hearings on Treatment of Children Separated From Parents at Border

Today the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and 13 other health care organizations sent a letter to House and Senate oversight committees urging them to hold hearings with officials with the Department of Homeland Security and Department of Health and Human Services on the treatment of children and families who were separated from their parents at the U.S. border.

Top X Reasons Why America’s Women’s Health Providers Oppose Restrictions to Title X

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has proposed a rule that significantly amends regulations governing the Title X of the Public Health Service Act (Title X), the only federal program exclusively dedicated to providing low-income patients (including adolescents) with access to family planning and preventive health services and information. Federally funded Title X facilities provide access to health and cancer screenings, well woman exams, contraception and testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections.

APA Awarded $14.2 Million Grant to Expand Treatment for Serious Mental Illness

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) has been awarded a five-year, $14.2 million grant to create a Clinical Support System for Serious Mental Illness (CSS-SMI). The grant will help doctors and other health providers treat patients with serious mental illness through consultation and education. Serious mental illnesses are those that substantially interfere with major life activities; they include schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and major depressive disorder. The project is funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

America's Frontline Physicians Concerned About Administration's Plans to Suspend Risk Adjustment Payments

Our organizations, which represent more than 560,000 physicians and medical students, are concerned with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) recent decision to suspend the risk adjustment payments to insurers participating in the individual and small-group marketplaces. These payments are funded by contributions from insurance plans and not from taxpayer dollars. The funds help protect patients by allowing insurers to compete without cherry-picking healthy consumers over those with chronic illnesses and pre-existing conditions.

Depression Screening Rates Among Adults Increased Slightly in Recent Years, But Remain Low

Rates of routine screening of U.S. adults for depression have increased slightly in recent years, but remain very low. Adults were screened in about 3 percent of office visits in 2015, up from a low of less than 1 percent in 2008, according to a study published online today in Psychiatric Services in Advance. Routine screening for depression among all adults has been recommended by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force since 2009.

APA Responds to Passage of H.R. 6, the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act, and Separate Bill to Amend 42 CFR Part 2

Today the House of Representatives passed broad legislation intended to combat the opioid epidemic in the United States. H.R. 6, the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act contains a number of initiatives to curb the epidemic including improved coverage and access to treatment for patients suffering from substance use disorders (SUD).

Mental Health Organizations Urge Administration to Halt Policy Separating Children and Parents at U.S. Border

Today the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and 17 other mental health organizations sent a letter to the Department of Justice, Department of Homeland Security and Department of Health and Human Services, urging the administration to immediately end its policy of separating children from their parents at the U.S. border.

APA Member Patrice Harris, M.D., Elected President-Elect of AMA

Patrice Harris, M.D., M.A., a longtime psychiatrist-member of the American Psychiatric Association (APA), was elected today as President-Elect of the American Medical Association (AMA).

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