Chances of PARCA bill dwindle with Hastert as new House speaker

The chances of PARCA ’99–the patients bill of rights legislation allowing consumers to sue managed care and insurance companies for denial of treatment–passing in the new Congress grew dimmer in December with the selection of Dennis Hastert (R-IL) as the new speaker-designate of the House. Still, Rep. Charlie Norwood (R-GA), a dentist and the chief […]

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  • Barriers Preventing Suits Against HMOs Are Tumbling

    Slowly, and it would appear surely, the barriers preventing patients from suing health maintenance organizations (HMOs) for denial of necessary medical care are tumbling down. Some of those walls are being eradicated by legislation, others by judicial review on both the state and federal levels. The evidence was clear well before the U.S. House passed […]

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  • First In U.S. Distance Learning Program On Psychopharmacology Offered In Florida

    Psychologists will soon be able to become more knowledgeable about psychopharmacology while sitting in their living rooms watching videos and via the Internet through a distance learning program offered by the University of Florida College of Health Professions. The new program is believed to be the first university research-based course of instruction in psychopharmacology in […]

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  • John Roraback, Innovator Of PsyUSA Network, Dies In Moline, IL At Age 51

    The man who introduced thousands of psychologists to psychology on the internet via PsyUSA died suddenly on Aug. 17. John M. Roraback, Ph.D., who was 51 years old, was struck by a massive heart attack over coffee at the breakfast table in his Moline, IL home. His wife, Nancy, whom he had married only recently, […]

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  • Enthusiastic Audience Cheers Jesse Jackson Appearance At Convention

    BOSTON – Until the United States applies democratic principles to the nation’s health care system, millions of Americans will continue to be denied decent medical attention, one of the nation’s leading civil rights leaders told an enthusiastic crowd at opening ceremonies at the American Psychological Association convention here in August. “No one should have to […]

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  • Dr. Laura – APA feud ends nonviolently

    How can a 150,000-member organization overcome the force and influence of one powerful personality when the name is “Dr. Laura” Schlessinger? After trying to unsuccessfully allay a public relations nightmare lasting three months which threatened to shake the American Psychological Assn. at its core, the episode came to a tranquil–perhaps even a potentially productive–end. First, […]

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  • Expect Harsh, Intensive Scrutiny If Your Medicare Claims Are Audited

    Operation Restore Trust, the anti-fraud and abuse program operated by the Office of the Inspector General, has placed psychologists are under harsh scrutiny, contending it is warranted by a history of Medicare claims that contained billing errors. The information emanates from James Georgoulakis, Ph.D., who is APA representative to the Health Care Finance Administration’s (HCFA) […]

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  • Viagra, Sage, St. Johns Wort, and Zinc — If patients are singing this tune, psychologists need to be tuned in

    Rarely has a pharmaceutical product seized the headlines like Viagra, Pfizer’s recently approved drug for improving erectile dysfunction. Anecdotes abound regarding the blue pills given away as party favors, smuggled across the border for black market sale, and distributed free as come-ons by various practitioners. To no one’s surprise, there have already been at least […]

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  • Suing Insurance Companies Not The Answer, Jurist Declares

    BOSTON – A discussion of the appropriate role of the judiciary and legislative branches of government in the reform of health maintenance organizations in particular and health care in general ended inconclusively here during a town meeting at annual meeting of the American Psychological Association. While there was general agreement by the psychologists and attorneys […]

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  • Two Cincinnati Psychologists Stop Doing Business With HMOs

    Cincinnati, OH–Two prominent Cincinnati psychologists have publicly announced that they will no longer do business with HMOs. Actually, an eight-column headline in the Cincinnati Enquirer recently carried the issue a step further, announcing the two had “fired” HMOs from their practice operations. Jill Bley, Ph.D. has long specialized in treating people with sexual disorders, and […]

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