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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  • 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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