Primary Care Openings Abound Now for Psychologists

Becoming behavioral care consultants (BHC) on primary care teams is no longer a future for psychologists to consider — it’s a present reality with growing opportunities. “Integrated care is white hot, it’s smoking,” Ronald O’Donnell, Ph.D., said at a conference held here Oct. 19-20 that was co-sponsored by the Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy […]

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  • Mental Health Again is Issue in Gun Control Debate

    While it appears doubtful that there will be a re-run of the contentious debate over tougher gun control laws at the national level following the fatal shooting of 12 persons at the Washing-ton Navy Yard, the issue of keeping weapons out of the hands of the mentally ill has taken on added importance. Democrats and […]

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  • The Minefield of Divorce Counseling

    Statistics indicate that at least 50 percent of all marriages fail in the United States, creating a potential increase in the need for psychological services. The demand for psychologists is limited not only to post-divorce therapy but often includes couples counseling preceding the divorce. Not to be forgotten are the minors of the marriage who […]

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  • Florida Adopts Daubert Standard for Expert Testimony

    During the mid-1980s, I treated a patient in her first trimester of pregnancy who was suffering from severe morning sickness. At the time, I was working at the Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Santa Clara, Calif. Although I saw no reason to get involved in the medical side of my patient’s treatment, I happened to […]

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  • APA Division 42 Conference: By Psychologists, For Psychologists

    Philadelphia – “It’s an exciting time to be a psychologist, and the future is very promising,” declared Jana Martin, Ph.D., to about 200 practitioners at the Division 42 Fast Forward Conference held here Oct. 11-13. That’s an ambitious statement in the face of declining reimbursements and the uncertain impact of the Affordable Care Act. Martin, […]

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  • Medicare Payments to Psychologists Suddenly Reduced

    Despite an increase in work values for some psychological services in 2013, payments to psychologists under the Medicare system are being reduced overall by 2 percent as of mid-August because of errors made by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) in previous calculations of practice expense. The Aug. 12, 2013 issue of The Federal […]

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  • Ethics, Psychology & the Prison Mess

    Recently on one of my psychology listservs, one colleague posted the following: “I witnessed an inmate in a county jail who was acutely psychotic and was kept in solitary confinement for almost two years, naked, lying in his/her own urine and feces. There was no heat in the cell, and the human wastes leaked into […]

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  • Patient Access to Records: The Invisible Confidentiality Right

    Confidentiality has been around since Hippocrates. In contrast, the patient’s right to obtain a copy of records (patient access) is a relatively recent concept. This may be a surprise, but patients have had a legal right to their records for only about 30 years. Prior to the 1970s, patients had no right to access their […]

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  • Meet the Exchange-Based Patient

    It’s Jan. 2, and the phone rings with a potential new patient. If the caller carries insurance through your state’s new Health Insurance Exchange (HIX), it will be important to determine the unique coverage details. What are HIX plans? To be in the HIX, insurance must be government-certified as a Qualified Health Plan. Most fall […]

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  • Medicaid Expansion, Insurance Exchanges Face Hurdles

    A slate of new provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) will arrive Jan. 1. Along with significant insurance reform, the act promises to extend health insurance to millions by providing affordable options through Medicaid and new health insurance exchanges. Will the practicing psychologist see an influx of patients in 2014? The answer […]

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