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New Pressures On Financial Reimbursement Require Psychologists’ Action

As we reported last week, the politics and process affecting Medicare reimbursement have changed significantly with the recent enactment of the Budget Control Act.  House and Senate leaders have finished appointing twelve members to the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, which is tasked with identifying at least $1.2 trillion in savings over the next […]

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Craig Gundersen

Economic Expert Argues That Stronger Social Safety Net Leads To Decrease In Stress And Childhood Obesity

Social safety net programs that reduce psychosocial stressors for low-income families also ultimately lead to a reduction in childhood obesity, according to research by a University of Illinois economist who studies the efficacy of food assistance programs on public health. Craig Gundersen, a professor of agricultural and consumer economics at Illinois, says food and exercise […]

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Researcher Mariah Evans

Many Americans Approve Of Stem Cell Research To Cure Serious Diseases

While research using human embryonic stem cells has roused political controversy for almost two decades, little has been done to scientifically assess American attitudes on the subject. New research from the University of Nevada, Reno provides decision-makers with a much clearer picture of how their constituents truly feel about the subject.

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American Psychological Association (APA) Responds To Proposed Medicare Rule On Care Coordination

During the debate over health care reform, American Psychological Association (APA) and the APA Practice Organization (APAPO) focused significant energy and resources to ensure the inclusion of provisions promoting psychologist involvement in integrated care in the Affordable Care Act.  The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has begun to develop regulations to implement the […]

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Signifant Increases In Medicare Spending Results In Modest Improments In Health

A new study from George Mason University and the Urban Institute reveals that greater spending on medical services means better overall health for Medicare participants. Health Administration and Policy Professor Jack Hadley and his co-authors, Urban Institute researchers Timothy Waidmann, Stephen Zuckerman, and Robert Berenson, analyzed data from more than 17,000 Medicare beneficiaries to draw […]

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ACP Advocates Reformed Medicaid Program That Put Coordinated Care At Forefront Of Efforts

A reformed Medicaid program must put coordinated primary care at the forefront of its efforts, the American College of Physicians (ACP) said in a new position paper released today at Internal Medicine 2011, ACP’s annual scientific meeting. Medicaid and Health Care Reform highlights how primary care physicians will assume a major role in providing care […]

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