Advocacy News


Legislation Introduced to Increase Psychiatric Workforce in VA

Legislation was introduced in Congress last week to address the ongoing psychiatric workforce shortage within the Veterans Health Administration (VHA).

CMS proposed Rule to Eliminate Choice for Individuals with Mental Illness

APA's concern highlighted at Subcommittee hearing

National and State Physician Societies Collaborate to Oppose CMS's Proposal to Eliminate Classes from the Medicare Part D Formulary

Physician groups assert these drug classes are medically necessary for many patients.

APA Responds to CY 2014 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule

The APA has summarized portions of the CY 2014 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule most likely to impact psychiatry, including increased reimbursement for some psychiatric codes.

APA Sends Letter to House VA Subcommittee on Prescription Medication

The APA sent a statement to the House Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Health regarding pain management, addiction detection and effective treatment are significant priorities for our nation’s veterans. These objectives require the better coordination of opioid and benzodiazepine prescribing inside and outside the VHA.

APA Responds to Senate Finance Comm. Inquiry

APA sent a letter to the Senate Finance Committee regarding an open letter inquiry seeking input on the U.S. mental health system.

APA Responds to CMS's Proposed Rule, Medicare Physician Fee Schedule

The APA responds to CMS’s Proposed Rule to the CY 2014 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule which features changes in quality reporting program requirements, as well as the creation of G-codes to compensate physicians for non-face-to-face coordination of care services provided to chronically ill beneficiaries

House and Energy Commerce Committee Passes Bill to Repeal and Replace SGR System

The House Energy and Commerce Committee passed a bipartisan bill that permanently repeals and replaces the flawed Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) system.

APA Sends Letter to House Regarding SGR Reform Plan

APA sent a letter to the House Energy & Commerce Committee regarding a recent SGR repeal and replacement plan.

PoliticoPro Holds Health Care Briefing

PoliticoPro held a breakfast briefing regarding State Enrollment and the future of health care.