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APA Calls on Congress to Protect Patient Access to Health Care

The American Psychiatric Association issued a letter to Congressional leaders to ensure that Americans with mental health and substance use disorders continue to have access to needed care.

APA President Maria A. Oquendo, M.D., Ph.D., Begins New Role as Psychiatry Department Chair at Penn Medicine

APA President Maria A. Oquendo, M.D., Ph.D., began a new position today as Professor and Chair of Psychiatry at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. In her new role, she will lead a large, research-oriented department whose faculty members practice and conduct research in psychiatry and behavioral health, including depression, schizophrenia, eating disorders and substance use disorders.

Implementation of Federal Mental Health Laws Show Early Successes; Remaining Challenges

Two new studies looked at how two federal laws – the Affordable Care Act and the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA), – impacted access to coverage for patients with mental illness. The research, published online today in Psychiatric Services in Advance, also suggests remaining challenges.

APA Applauds Signing of Mental Health Reform Bill

President Barack Obama today signed the 21st Century Cures Act, far-reaching legislation with numerous provisions intended to reform and improve the nation’s mental health care system. APA President Maria A. Oquendo, M.D., Ph.D., witnessed the signing.

APA Praises Senate Approval of Mental Health Reform Bill

APA applauds the U.S. Senate for passing the 21st Century Cures Act, far-reaching legislation with numerous provisions intended to reform and improve the nation’s mental health care system. The legislation was approved by the House on Nov. 30 and now heads to President Obama for his anticipated signature.

APA Commends House for Approving Mental Health Reform Bill

APA praises the U.S. House of Representatives for voting today to approve the 21st Century Cures Act, sweeping legislation that includes numerous provisions to reform the nation’s mental health care system.

APA Welcomes Surgeon General’s Report on Addiction, Pledges to Work to Address Epidemic

APA praised the release of a new report by U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy that draws attention to the current drug and alcohol addiction public health crisis, highlights proven treatments and calls for collective coordinated action.

APA Congratulates President-Elect Donald Trump on Winning the Election; Pledges to Work With New Administration

APA offers its congratulations to President-Elect Donald Trump for his successful election to President of the United States.

APA Announces New Mental Health Registry PsychPRO

APA announced the launch of PsychPRO, a national mental health registry that will help psychiatrists deliver high quality care and meet new MACRA quality reporting requirements by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, (CMS). PsychPRO will spur future research and develop better ways to treat and prevent psychiatric illnesses.

APA Supports White House Task Force Report to Increase Parity Protections

The White House’s Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Parity Task Force issued new recommendations and actions today to increase parity protections that, if enacted, would further advance the goal of ensuring insurance coverage of treatment for mental illness, including substance use disorders, is equal to that of other medical illnesses.

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