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Government & Legal

APA and the AMA maintain that the performance thresholds and timeline for meeting meaningful use criteria are too rigid to account for variability in physician practices.

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Higher costs incurred by detainees participating in mental health courts may mask other benefits of these diversion programs.

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A long list of improvements to ensure that patients receive quality care leads the federal government to end civil-rights monitoring of Washington, D.C.’s historic psychiatric hospital.

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The “G” code for chronic care management proposed by CMS does not cover the intensity of work required to treat individuals with serious mental illness, two or more chronic medical conditions, and multiple providers.

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The development and training of a diverse psychiatric workforce is critical to the care of patients with mental illness, including substance use disorders, as well as frequently comorbid conditions, such as hypertension and diabetes.

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President Obama cites the need to achieve parity, expand access, and promote continuity in mental health care of active-duty troops and veterans.

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Legislation now before Congress could make a major impact on improving the condition of the mental health system.

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An appeals court rules that Florida’s effort to bar gun discussions between physicians and patients is a “legitimate regulation” of medical practice.

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