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Psychologists should study uses of marijuana

I am not aware of any ethical issues for psychologists that have arisen in reports on the increased legalization or medical use of marijuana. However, with medical marijuana legal in 29 states and the District of Columbia, I feel that psychologists in those jurisdictions have an ethical duty to be familiar with medical marijuana, including […]

May 27, 2018 | Read the story »

New prepayment audits strike fear in Medicare providers

Reviews of Medicare claims using the traditional “pay and chase” method are nothing new, but if documentation is not thorough or if billing practices vary significantly from peers, recent pre-payment audits will threaten the existence of some psychology practices that treat older adults. One psychologist, who requested anonymity because he is currently under audit by […]

May 27, 2018 | Read the story »

The more things change… Friedman and Nichols react to a new version of the MMPI

Personality assessment is predicated on the empirically supported proposition that under similar circumstances, individuals will behave in a predictable manner. Friedman and Nichols’s recent article in The National Psychologist, “MMPI-3: Revision of MMPI-2 or Marketing Hype,” is a case in point. The prospect of a new MMPI version has triggered behavior nearly identical to their […]

March 19, 2018 | Read the story »

Unique Peer Consultation Issues in Rural Alaska

Far beyond the northern boundaries of the contiguous United States is Alaska. Seen from a global map, it is stunning in its isolation. Villages, most of them Alaska Native, dot the vast landscape. Indigenous ways of being are deeply valued and interpersonal connection is key to well-being if not survival. Because of the large expanses […]

March 11, 2018 | Read the story »

From the Current Issue...

What is Obamacare anyway?

ObamacareIn reviewing “the state of Obamacare in 2018,” Vox policy reporter Dylan Scott wondered, “What even is Obamacare anyway?”

“It’s increasingly difficult to assess ‘Obamacare’ as if it is a single entity,” he wrote. “Because depending on how you look at it, the law might be a rousing success or it’s fallen far short of what it was hoped to be. In a sense, there are many Obamacares. Some of them are …

May 31, 2018 | Read the story »

Risk Management: When being too helpful can backfire

phone consult psychologistWhen prospective clients call on the phone to ask about your services, some will also tell you a little about their problem. At this point, you may want to listen empathetically. But do not ask probing questions.

After speaking with you for a few minutes, a prospective client may make an appointment and then ask for suggestions on how to cope with their situation until they get in to see …

May 31, 2018 | Read the story »

MedPAC’s latest lead balloon

Medicare Payment Advisory CommissionAt its Jan. 11 meeting, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) voted 14-2 to replace the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) with the “voluntary value program” (VVP).

The medical community has already been abuzz with the news, including blogs to AMA membership about “MedPAC’s latest lead balloon,” and frank discussion of VVP’s impact on electronic health records (EHRs).

AMA and many of its regional and specialty affiliates have published extensively …

May 30, 2018 | Read the story »

What have we learned from 30 years of school shootings?

what have we learned from school shootingsIn May of 1988, a 30-year-old woman, Laurie Dann, walked into an elementary school in Winnetka, Ill., and opened fire with a handgun, killing an 8-year-old boy and wounding five other children before killing herself.

The Winnetka case was the first school shooting to receive national and international media attention. Since then there has been a virtual epidemic of similar cases.

The weapons have become infinitely more …

May 30, 2018 | Read the story »

APA practice guidelines raise questions

psychology clinical practice guidelinesWashington, D.C. – APA is preparing two sets of practice guidelines, which has many psychologists confused on what the difference is and others concerned that the results may be misapplied by insurers or licensing boards.

Those concerns carried over from the March 9-10 meeting of the Council of Representatives to the overlapping March 10-13 Practice Leadership Conference.

The agenda item that raised questions concerned nine months that leadership, staff and …

May 29, 2018 | Read the story »

How to handle conflicts of ethics and the law

Ethics and the law in psychologyOne of the issues that has always felt gray to many psychologists is when the APA (2010) Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct (Ethics Code) conflicts with the law. Should a psychologist follow the legal code or the Ethics Code?

The Ethics Code specifically states in section 1.02, “If psychologists’ ethical responsibilities conflict with law, regulations, or other governing legal authority, psychologists make known their …

May 28, 2018 | Read the story »

Jail opens mental treatment unit

City Jail Roanoke Mental Health UnitsThe city jail in Roanoke, Va., took an innovative step in April to deal with inmates with mental disorders. It transferred four of them into a newly designated mental health unit.

The Roanoke Times quoted Sheriff Tim Allen as saying, “You’ll never be able to turn a jail into a complete treatment center, but this will provide better treatment than what we had before because we’re also …

May 28, 2018 | Read the story »