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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  • 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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