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Psychologists who think that not participating in Medicare can avoid audits of patient files need to think again. Commercial payers such as Aetna, Anthem and Humana have in-house special investigation units that are becoming aggressive in reviewing clinical records.
According to health care attorney and psychologist, James Georgoulakis, Ph.D., JD, federal audits focus on fraud and abuse. Commercial payer audits include fraud, abuse and “waste.” He said waste is overutilization of services or other practices that result in increased costs and is not generally considered to be caused by criminal negligence but by misuse of services.
“I’d much rather work with the federal system because the rules are so much clearer,” Georgoulakis said. He said commercial payers …
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As I look back on my life, growing up as a little black boy in the 1950s, in the sweltering heat of the segregated state of Alabama, many things are vivid in my memory. Because of all the injustices I’ve experienced, my psyche has been negatively affected. Many black people who have gone through similar […]Colleague assistance programs growing
Since 1980 the American Psychological Association (APA) has acknowledged the existence of distressed and impaired psychologists and the need to provide adequate and appropriate assistance. Today assistance is active in many states through colleagues assistance programs (CAPs) of State, Provincial and Territorial Psychological Associations (SPTAs, APA Division 31).APA sets health service psychologist standards
Honolulu – The American Psychological Association (APA) set a national standard for psychologists providing health services during its annual convention here July 31-Aug. 4. APA’s Council of Representatives passed a resolution on “Accreditation for Programs that Prepare Psychologists to Provide Health Services” requiring health service psychologists be trained in…Vague standards, guidelines, laws create telepsychology risks
As a psychologist who’s been researching/writing/practicing/consulting/training online for years, I’m often asked, “Where can psychologists get guidance and training for practicing online?” Just as frequently, I encounter well-intentioned, ethical colleagues who blithely undertake an online practice without considering their legal and ethical obligations or competencies. In hopes of helping readers avoid many potential landmines, I’ll […]
From the Latest Issue...Can Confidentiality be Maintained in Group Therapy?
Confidentiality is a cornerstone of healthy therapeutic relationships and effective treatment and is based upon the ethical principles of autonomy and fidelity, and to a lesser degree, beneficence and nonmaleficence.
Autonomy assumes clients have the right to decide to whom they will reveal information, and confidentiality is based upon respect for clients’ ability to choose what they disclose. Fidelity refers to psychologists’ faithfulness and loyalty to keep …Veterans Administration is Leader in Telemental Health
Long waits for care at Veterans Administration facilities have drawn harsh criticism and congressional action, but the VA is a leader in another area of care – telemental health.
With 44 percent of veterans returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan to rural zip codes, the VA is relying increasingly on telemental health and other technologies to deliver needed care to those suffering from war experiences who …A Short Course on Encryption & Cloud Storage
Encryption and cloud storage is a complicated area because it requires an analysis of the interplay of several variables, including confidentiality, encryption, cloud storage and HIPAA.
Each of these variables is complex, but there are ways to make the situation more manageable.
Encryption and cloud storage
Let’s consider a few common questions:
“For the purposes of HIPAA, if you have adequately encrypted your data, does your cloud storage provider …Human trafficking: How psychologists can combat this worldwide problem
Human trafficking,” “trafficking in persons” and “modern slavery” are terms used interchangeably to refer to a variety of crimes associated with the economic exploitation of people. The United Nations Convention against Trans-national Organized Crime defines trafficking as follows:
“Trafficking in persons… mean(s) the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, …Integration Isn’t Enough: Mindful Practice Needed in SPMI Healthcare
When I joined a Denver community mental health center as a health coach serving 160 individuals with severe and persistent mental illness (SPMI), I landed on the frontlines of a radical experiment.
Our “health home” aimed to integrate behavioral and primary care services for SPMI individuals, the most medically complex users of our health care system.
Consider the grim picture for SPMI individuals …