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Published Monday, April 22, 2013
AAGP President David C. Steffens I hope that you were able to attend last month’s AAGP Annual Meeting in Los Angeles. By almost any measure, this was one of our most successful meetings in years. Attendees came from all across the United States and the globe, with 20 countries represented. During four days of programming, a multi-disciplinary group more»
Published Thursday, April 4, 2013
During AAGP’s 2013 Annual Meeting in Los Angeles, at the March 14 Opening Plenary, the association honored several members for their achievements. Congratulations to this year’s award winners! Martha Bruce, PhD, AAGP Distinguished Scientist Then AAGP President Paul Kirwin and Martha Bruce This award is presented to an AAGP member for more»
Published Thursday, April 4, 2013
On April 3, leaders of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the House Ways and Means Committee outlined details of a proposal to repeal the current Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) system and replace it with a fair and stable system of physician payment in the Medicare program. Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Michigan), Ways and more»
Published Monday, March 4, 2013
Without action by Congress, the across-the-board spending cuts known as the sequester took effect on March 1, and the implications for the health care sector are vast. Doctors and hospitals will see their Medicare payments cut, drug companies will likely have to deal with approval delays from the Food and Drug Administration, and cuts to the National more»
Published Monday, February 25, 2013
Over the past few months an AAGP working group convened to formulate ways to restructure general psychiatry residency and fellowship programs in order to incentivize training in geriatric psychiatry. For several years the AAGP has proposed similar positions to the American Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). We now seek support of other more»
Published Monday, January 14, 2013
Medicare Physician Fee Cut Averted for 2013 A scheduled 26.5 percent physician pay cut under Medicare was averted early this month with passage of the American Taxpayer Relief Act. The law delays for one year a reduction in reimbursements to physicians who care for Medicare patients, and keeps current reimbursement rates steady through December 31, 2013, more»
Published Thursday, November 29, 2012
What began as a session at the AAGP 2011 Annual Meeting, and then evolved into more discussion and collaboration, is now an article in the November 21, 2012, issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association. In "Nonpharmacologic Management of Behavioral Symptoms in Dementia," Laura N. Gitlin, PhD, and AAGP members Helen C. Kales, MD, and Constantine more»
Published Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Most of the codes in the psychiatry section of the CPT® (i.e., 908XX codes) will change effective January 1, 2013. The CPT, or Current Procedural Terminology, is medical nomenclature used to report medical procedures and services under public and private health insurance programs. The new codes were released in late August and will be published by the more»
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