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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).

Group of 6 Statement on Texas V United States

Our organizations, which represent a combined membership of more than 560,000 physician and medical student members are concerned about the Department of Justice’s decision to not defend the constitutionality of existing laws that extend patient protections to individuals in insurance markets as part of Texas v United States. The elimination of these protections could result in millions of people facing limited access to health care coverage and higher cost as a result of insurers being allowed to return to discriminatory coverage and pricing practices.

Joint Principles on Opioid Crisis Call for Comprehensive, Public Health Approach to Addiction Treatment

Leaders of six medical organizations representing more than 560,000 physicians and medical students called on Congress today to adopt policies that recognize opioid use disorder (OUD) as a chronic disease of the brain that requires comprehensive treatment. Doing so, the medical leaders said, would hold greater promise of successfully addressing the OUD epidemic.

APA Reacts to Increase in Suicide Rates, Calls for Access to Mental Health Care

Data released yesterday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that suicide rates have increased in almost every state from 1999-2016. CDC researchers found that more than half of the people who died by suicide did not have a known diagnosed mental health condition. Suicide is the 10th-leading cause of death in the U.S.

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