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Allegheny Health Network Psychologist among Panelists at Senate Staff Briefing In Support of Legislation to Help Patients with Mental Health, Addiction Disorders
Date:7/21/2014

te savings for Medicare and Medicaid. Recognizing these providers as ‘meaningful users’ under the law will promote integration of mental health into primary care settings, reduce adverse drug-to-drug interactions, reduce duplicative tests and provide necessary information to the emergency department at hospitals to triage patients more effectively.”

Panelists at the Senate staff briefing will include:

  • Moderator: Ben McAdams, Mayor, Salt Lake County, Utah
  • Chris Wolf, CEO, ViaQuest, Columbus, Ohio
  • Joseph F. Cvitkovic, Ph.D., Director of Behavioral Health Care, Jefferson Hospital, Allegheny Health Network, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Ginger Bandeen, LCSW, CHC, Quality Improvement Manager, Columbia Community Mental Health Center, St. Helens, Oregon

Behavioral health information legislation includes The Behavioral Health Information Technology Act of 2013 (S. 1517/H.R. 2957), sponsored by Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and U.S. Representatives Tim Murphy (R-PA) and Ron Barber (D-AZ); and The Behavioral Health Information Coordination Act of 2013 (S. 1685), sponsored by Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH).

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About Joseph Cvitkovic, PhD:
Dr. Cvitkovic is the Director of Behavioral Health Care for Jefferson Hospital, a part of the Allegheny Health Network, Pittsburgh, PA. He has been a practicing psychologist for more than 35 years. He specializes in stress management, depression, anxiety, trauma, addictions and psychological aspects of health conditions such as cancer, cardiac and pain disorders. He serves as co-chair of the Jefferson Hospital Ethics Committee and provides consultation to Highmark Blue Cross/Blue Shield as a member of its Policy/Credentials Committee.

He is past president of the Greater Pittsburgh Psychological Association and is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA). Dr. Cvitkovic represented APA in Croatia and Bo
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