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Self-care is essential to risk management

When we consider risk management in psychological practice, we readily think of: informed consent, documentation, consultation, personal characteristics of patient and provider, best-practice clinical strategies and levels of risk. But rarely do we think of self-care. And yet, self-care might be the most foundational, most all-encompassing risk management tool of all. Imagine for a moment […]

July 20, 2019 | Read the story »

Exposure therapy is fast and effective

When I first heard about exposure therapy I was early in my graduate career sitting on a bench with a professional mentor who told me that her son had a needle phobia and was in treatment to reduce his fear so that he could be vaccinated. She described the therapist showing pictures and watching videos […]

May 31, 2019 | Read the story »

Psychologists face denials, delays in testing payments

At the beginning of 2019 psychologists who test children or adults were required to learn a complex coding and billing system after the American Medical Association (AMA) and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) overhauled the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes for central nervous system assessments. Prior to the change going into effect, […]

May 31, 2019 | Read the story »

Former opponent now favors RxP

In the March/April 2016 edition of The National Psychologist I wrote expressing ambivalence about the merits of prescribing privileges for psychologists (RxP). Events over the past several years have changed my opinion. I now fully support RxP. Here are some reasons why: *The percentage of psychiatrists who accept private non-capitated insurance is significantly lower than […]

May 31, 2019 | Read the story »


From the Current Issue...

Employee vs independent contractor – why it matters

Employee vs Independent Contractor psychiatry practiceSome practice owners bring on new clinicians as independent contractors rather than as employees, which saves the practice owner money, time and paperwork.

When clinicians working in the practice are designated as employees, the practice owner is responsible for paying half of their Social Security and Medicare taxes. The practice owner also needs to withhold and deposit the employees’ share of federal, state and local taxes and …

July 21, 2019 | Read the story »

Telepsychology takes special training

Psychologist teleconference with client using laptopLaunching a telepsychology practice involves numerous tasks, some similar to starting any private practice and others more pertinent to the practice of telespychology.

Following are some of the things I did to launch my practice, with a focus on the aspects that more specifically pertain to telepsychology.

First I wrote an ebook and listed it on Amazon. Since Amazon has its own search engine and algorithms for showcasing …

July 21, 2019 | Read the story »

Using CQ (couple intelligence) in couples counseling

Couples counselingIn The Analytic Attitude, Roy Shaefer, Ph.D., reminded us that the therapist’s flaunting of intelligence with patients can be distancing, if not anti-therapeutic. Interpersonal relational models of psychotherapy, psychoanalysis and counseling, have elevated the role of authenticity over intellect.

Might the principle of “relating” rather than “impressing” also apply to the intimate partner milieu? At first blush, it appears cognitive skills (IQ) are an advantage during discussions of differences and ensuing …

July 21, 2019 | Read the story »

TPE audits target high volume providers

Medicare auditsA wave of Medicare audits has triggered anxiety among many psychologists and often costs them time and money as they spend hours tediously compiling records instead of seeing patients, not to mention payment delays for months even if their documentation is up to par.

Psychologists whose caseloads are predominantly Medicare patients are the most likely targets of the 2019 audits.

The TPE audits, which stands for Target, Probe and Educate, are intended …

July 21, 2019 | Read the story »

ACA survives cut in penalties but courts will have final say

Affordable Care ActIt may be hard for psychologists to believe, but there was a time when the topic of healthcare wasn’t politically charged.

So claims Julie Rovner, chief Washington correspondent at Kaiser Health News. She recalls past conversations as “not just bipartisan, but nonpartisan,” often flavored with policy consensus.

The 1992 presidential election of Bill Clinton changed that, Rovner told an audience at the University of Michigan’s Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation. …

July 20, 2019 | Read the story »

Integrated healthcare in the ICU

Intensive Care Unit and mental health integrationI have previously stressed the importance of fully integrating a mental health professional in the critical and intensive care units (ICUs) of general hospitals. In this article, I will outline a suggested model to make systemic changes to improve overall patient care in these settings.

What follows is a detailed description of day-to-day functioning of psycho-medical integration with specific suggestions regarding how a mental health professional …

July 20, 2019 | Read the story »

Self-care is essential to risk management

psychologists and self careWhen we consider risk management in psychological practice, we readily think of: informed consent, documentation, consultation, personal characteristics of patient and provider, best-practice clinical strategies and levels of risk. But rarely do we think of self-care.

And yet, self-care might be the most foundational, most all-encompassing risk management tool of all.

Imagine for a moment an accomplished violinist whose music is deeply moving. Each note aches with expression, flowing forth …

July 20, 2019 | Read the story »



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