Highlights of November/December 1998 Issue

Bringing 31,000 readers up-to-date psychology news and information has been The National Psychologist’s goal and practice since it began publishing in 1991. In preparation for this issue, we traveled to far-flung venues to bring readers first-hand accounts of a story with identical outcomes: The election, by decisive margins, of two psychologists to Congress. John Thomas, […]

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  • Selling practice, then becoming firm’s employee was key to this psychologist’s success

    Flowing downstream with the current combined with serendipitous timing were two ingredients that have helped Steven P. Dingfelder, Ph.D., a St. Augustine, FL psychologist, create a sound future. In private practice for nearly 15 years, he had built his solo practice into a small group, and had incorporated. Along the way, he developed a relationship […]

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  • HCFA orders crackdown on fraud, questionable billing procedures

    A torrent of activity has occurred in 1998 as Medicare expanded its crackdowns on fraud, abuse, and questionable billing procedures in all aspects of mental health services. As a result, federal officials are expelling 80 mental health centers, and the principal Deputy Inspector General has recommended that all Medicare claims from partial hospitalization programs be […]

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  • Public perception of managed care swung radically in recent years, Newman says

    Public opinion about managed care has turned around radically from once-tolerant, hopeful attitudes in the early 1990s to the current disappointment, anger and a “crisis of confidence,” declared Russ Newman, Ph.D., J.D., speaking to 350 psychologists at a Practice Directorate event during the APA convention in San Francisco in mid-August. Citing surveys, polls and studies […]

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  • Average income of psychologists has dropped noticeably, survey shows

    Columbus, OH — The average income of psychologists has plunged notably during the past 30 months, dropping to an average of $73,850 a year from $86,200 in late 1995, according to a survey conducted by The National Psychologist, an independent newspaper that circulates to 31,000 psychologists nationwide. The findings are based on a mail survey […]

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  • Psychology Told to Put ‘House in Order’ Before Seeking Prescription Rights

    Until psychology gets its house in order, there is little reason to discuss prescribing privileges, reacted a Hawaii legislator recently after psychologists squared off rambunctiously in the State House in Honolulu. The defeat of prescription privileges in Hawaii occurred only weeks before a seven-member subcommittee in California killed prescription privileges by a 1-4 vote in […]

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  • A significant breakthrough: Psychology finally gains share of GME funds

    Language contained in the last two federal budgets represents major breakthroughs in recognizing psychology as a full-fledged partner in the treatment of hospitalized patients for the first time. The key to winning that recognition is contained in both the Balanced Budget Act of 1997 and the $500 billion budget deal enacted Oct. 20 to fund […]

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  • If you like the internet, you’ll love John Roraback

    MOLINE, IL — By the time he begins a busy day in his private clinical practice here, John R. Roraback, Ph.D., will already have spent two to three hours on the Internet and World Wide Web searching for information that he thinks will be of interest to other psychologists. And when he returns home in […]

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  • Highlights from the July/August, 1998 issue:

    # In addition to numerous barriers that hinder prescription privileges for psychologists, the most serious threat continues to come not from psychiatry, but from psychology’s own ranks, led by the American Assn. of Applied and Preventive Psychology (AAAPP). Related prescription privileges stories: The road to prescription privileges is already clear for psychologists, but few choose […]

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  • Case Rates: The Good, Bad, and Ugly

    Despite dramatic decreases in the cost of mental health treatment during the last several years, many managed care companies are using a new payment method that most psychologists believe will cut into their income even more. The switch from fee-for-service reimbursement to ” case rates” has been growing steadily in some locations, such as California […]

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