The United States Congress will soon be facing another budget showdown as their sixth continuing resolution expires on April 8, 2011. While the entire government has been without permanent appropriations for nearly six months, the House Republicans and Senate Democrats continue to remain far apart on resolving the fiscal year (FY) 2011 budget.
Your profession needs you to take action NOW to ask your legislators to co-sponsor psychology’s Medicare “physician” definition inclusion bills and end inappropriate physician supervision requirements that hinder the delivery of psychological services. It is time to take action now.
The American Medical Association (AMA) today delivered a letter to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo commending his leadership on the vital issue of medical liability reform. The reforms attached to the Governor’s budget proposal provide a common-sense solution that allows patients their day in court and safeguards accessible medical care.
Since the passage of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act in 2009, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has met the ambitious implementation deadlines set forth in the law, the agency said Wednesday at a congressional briefing hosted by the American Association for Cancer Research.
A new policy research brief released today by the Geiger Gibson/RCHN Community Health Foundation Research Collaborative at The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services evaluates the consequences of the proposed reductions in federal health center funding for access and cost savings. Check the end of this report for a link to download the full length brief.
A study published in the March 2011 Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine shows that Massachusetts’ new court-ordered mental health screening and intervention program led to more children being identified as behaviorally and emotionally at risk. The program is called the Children’s Behavioral Health Initiative (CBHI). The study was led by researchers from MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC).
I am pleased to inform you that key allies in the Senate and House have introduced legislation to include psychologists in the Medicare “physician” definition. We are extremely grateful for the leadership of Senators Olympia Snowe (R-ME) and Jeff Bingaman (D-NM), who sit on the Finance Committee and have sponsored S. 483, and Congresswoman Janice Schakowsky (D-IL), who serves on the Energy & Commerce Committee and has taken the lead on H.R. 831.
A new policy research brief released today by the Geiger Gibson/RCHN Community Health Foundation Research Collaborative at The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services examines the characteristics of patients whose access to health center services is at risk because of a potential $1.3 billion in direct spending cuts for community health centers. Check the end of this report for a link to download the original research brief.