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Specialty Physicians Turn Away Two Thirds Of Children With Public Insurance

Sixty-six percent of publicly-insured children were unable to get a doctor’s appointment for medical conditions requiring outpatient specialty care including diabetes and seizures, while children with identical symptoms and private insurance were turned away only 11 percent of the time, according to an audit study of 273 specialty physician practices in Cook County, Ill. conducted […]

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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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Doctors May See Incomes Rise, Not Fall, When Healthcare Reforms Are Implemented

United States’ doctors might find that their incomes start to rise – not decline – when Barack Obama’s healthcare reforms are put in place says a Queen’s University School of Medicine professor. “The medical-income argument in the United States against moving toward a Canadian-style system is feeble,” says Jacalyn Duffin, a medical doctor who specializes […]

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More Americans Pray About Their Health

Researchers analyzed data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s 1999, 2002 and 2007 National Health Interview Surveys. The study primarily focused on comparisons of results between the 2002 and 2007 surveys, which included, respectively, 30,080 adults (over 18 years old) from 44,540 households and 23,393 adults from 40,377 households. Praying about health issues […]

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Medicare Physician Definition Bills Introduced In Both Chambers Of Congress

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 […]

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Most Substance Abuse Treatment Programs Accept Private Health Insurance

A new nationwide survey of substance abuse treatment facilities reveals that in 2008 nearly two thirds (65 percent) accepted some form of private health insurance payment.  The survey conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) also indicated that there were significant differences in the level of private insurance payment acceptance among […]

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