Governments rightly request the advice of scientists on matters of fact that affect the public good, from climate change to cancer screening. Scientists must then assess available data and present recommendations based on the data. But what is the role of scientists when politicians see these recommendations as inconvenient?
As a strong believer in free market capitalism, I support the notion of intellectual property, which include patents. However, an interesting and oddly written book by Michael Crichton called “Next” explored serious current and potential future dilemmas of patented medical inventions and questioned the wisdom of this approach. Chichton discusses the strange practice employed by […]
With the enactment of the reconciliation bill this week and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) last week, an historic phase of legislative action on health care reform has concluded. Thanks to the tireless efforts of grassroots psychologists and our government relations team through a challenging process, the new law includes several key […]
As you know, the 21.2% Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) cut is expected to take effect for a period beginning on April 1, as Congress has adjourned for the two-week April recess without sending temporary legislation to the President. On March 29, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) notified contractors to hold claims containing […]
Check the end of the report to download the Health Care and Education Affordability Reconciliation Act of 2010 (H.R.4872) as a PDF document. This bill amends President Obama’s recently signed healthcare plan (H.R. 3962 or “Obamacare”). The Health Care and Education Affordability Reconciliation Act of 2010 officially passed through House of Representatives on 3/21/10 and […]
The House and Senate have adjourned for the two-week April recess without sending temporary legislation to the President to halt the 21.2% Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) cut. The cut is expected to take effect for a short time beginning on April 1 until Congress returns and seeks retroactive action after April 12.
Tonight [03/21/10] the House of Representatives gave final congressional approval to the Senate health care reform bill and sent it to the President for his signature. We are very pleased to inform you that thanks to many months of tireless advocacy by grassroots psychologists like you and our government relations team, the new law will […]
I am pleased to report to you that today the Senate passed legislation retroactively extending the 5% Medicare psychotherapy payment restoration through the end of 2010 and preventing the 21.2% Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) cut through September 30. These provisions, critical to psychology, were included in the American Workers, State and Business Relief Act of […]