APA News & Updates

The following message is sent on behalf of Saul Levin, Medical Director and CEO of the APA.  

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Dear DB/SA Executives:

After APA finished its reorganization earlier this year, we began our search for a new Chief of Government Affairs to lead our advocacy, legislative and regulatory efforts. During our search, we were looking for a candidate who has established contacts on the Hill, as well as experience with government relations in the health care arena. Today, it gives me great pleasure to announce that Rodger Currie will join APA's Executive Staff as its new Chief of Government Affairs starting October 1, 2014. 

As of recent, Rodger was serving as the Executive Vice President of Government Affairs for West Health, a philanthropic medical research organization dedicated to lowering health care costs through technology and innovation. While at West Health, he was named one of Washington’s "Top Lobbyists" by The Hill newspaper in 2012, which was the 11th consecutive time he earned this distinction. Before his tenure at West Health, he served as Partner in the Health Care and Government Strategies Practice Groups at Foley Hoag, LLP.  At Foley Hoag, he consulted with biotechnology companies, medical device firms, other health care providers, and trade associations on federal legislative and regulatory issues in health care. 

Additionally, Rodger also served as Vice President for Global Government Affairs for Amgen and Senior Vice President for Law and Federal Affairs at PhRMA. While working at Amgen, Rodger was tasked with leading the company’s strategic planning and execution of legislative initiatives ranging from Medicare and Medicaid, reimbursement for cancer, dialysis, arthritis, and osteoporosis treatments to FDA regulatory issues. At PhRMA, he led the association’s highly successful advocacy efforts in Washington D.C., including the development and enactment of the landmark 2003 Medicare prescription drug benefit legislation.

However, this was not the first time he had been instrumental in major health care policy as he previously served as Majority Counsel with the Committee on Energy and Commerce several years after graduating from Georgetown Law in 1993. In this role, he advised the Committee Chairman as well as House leadership on federal health care programs and legislation, with particular responsibility for matters relating to the FDA, CMS, and NIH. Also, Rodger was Counsel of Record for the historic FDA Modernization Act as well as for the Medicare, Medicaid, and Children’s Health Insurance provisions of the Balanced Budget Act of 1997.

As you can see, Rodger brings a massive amount of expertise in many of the issues that are not only important to the house of medicine, but to our profession as a whole. Rodger is well established on both sides of the aisle, which will help the organization navigate the current political gridlock as we look to pass comprehensive mental health reform, increase the psychiatric workforce, and further ensure mental health parity among other initiatives.

Please join me in welcoming Rodger Currie to the APA as we look to advance the interests of our profession. His email will be This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it when he begins his work at APA.

I want to thank Kristin Kroeger, APA's Chief of Policy, Programs and Partnerships, who oversaw our Department of Government Relations in the interim. I also want to thank APA leaders and our members who have continued our organization’s advocacy efforts.

Sincerely,


Saul

 

Saul Levin, MD, MPA

CEO and Medical Director

American Psychiatric Association (APA)

1000 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 1825

Arlington, VA 22209-3901

 

Phone: (703) 907-8650

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