APA Action Alert!

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From the American Psychological Association's Practice Organization:

Late last week, Congress unveiled a bipartisan and bicameral agreement to repeal and replace the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR). On February 12, 2014, American Psychological Association Practice Organization (APAPO) commented on and endorsed The SGR Repeal and Medicare Provider Payment Modernization Act of 2014 (H.R. 4015, S. 2000), developed jointly by the Senate Finance Committee, and the House Energy and Commerce and Ways and Means Committees.
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Instead of the 24% cut scheduled to take effect under the SGR on April 1st, the legislation would put in place a 0.5 percent increase for each of the next five years, and establish new initiatives and incentive programs encouraging cost-effective care. APAPO has worked for months throughout the process to ensure that new Medicare payment and incentive programs place psychologists on an even playing field relative to other providers.
Congress has blocked the Sustainable Growth Rate cut from taking effect 16 times since 2001. Because Medicare spending growth has slowed recently, Congress is closer than ever to permanently repealing—not just postponing—the SGR formula. However, congressional leaders must still agree on how to pay for the more than $120 billion the legislation is estimated to cost over the next ten years.
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While APAPO applauds Congress, we still have work to do toward equitable reimbursement for clinical psychologists participating in the Medicare system. In the New Roman','serif';">APAPO Comment letter to the congressional committees that wrote the legislation, Katherine Nordal, Ph.D., Executive Director for Professional Practice, endorsed the measure but recommended changes to better support psychologists’ services. The letter provides a detailed outline of APAPO’s full position on the major provisions in the legislative agreement.

G Costanza

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Jun 24, 2011
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Nice find. I took the 2 minutes and forwarded emails to my reps. Hopefully everyone on this board sees how important these bills can be for the profession.

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