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The Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act (H.R. 2646)

H.R. 2646, introduced by Representative Tim Murphy and Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson, reforms the country's mental health system. The bill breaks down federal barriers to care, clarifies privacy standards for families and caregivers; reforms outdated programs, expands parity accountability, and invests in services for the most difficult to treat cases while driving evidence-based care.   Please contact your Congressman and urge them to cosponsor this bill.

Medicare Mental Health Access Act - Include Psychologists in Medicare's "Physician" Definition

By adding psychologists to Medicare’s “physician” definition, this legislation would allow psychologists to practice independently in all Medicare treatment settings consistent with state licensure. The Medicare physician definition already includes other non-physician disciplines: chiropractors, optometrists, dentists and podiatrists. In many cases, psychologists must have potential Medicare clients wait for physician sign-off before providing treatment, which disrupts the provision of effective, timely care.

Make psychologists eligible for incentive payments for the use of electronic health records

The Behavioral Health Information Technology (BHIT) Act would allow psychologists and other mental health professionals to receive Medicare incentive payments for the use of electronic health records (EHRs). 



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