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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  • 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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  • Colleague assistance programs growing

    Since 1980 the American Psychological Association (APA) has acknowledged the existence of distressed and impaired psychologists and the need to provide adequate and appropriate assistance. Today assistance is active in many states through colleagues assistance programs (CAPs) of State, Provincial and Territorial Psychological Associations (SPTAs, APA Division 31).

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  • Vague standards, guidelines, laws create telepsychology risks

    As a psychologist who’s been researching/writing/practicing/consulting/training online for years, I’m often asked, “Where can psychologists get guidance and training for practicing online?” Just as frequently, I encounter well-intentioned, ethical colleagues who blithely undertake an online practice without considering their legal and ethical obligations or competencies. In hopes of helping readers avoid many potential landmines, I’ll […]

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  • Former Executive Director of Maryland Psych Association Dies

    Sue Taylor Brown, former executive director of the Maryland Psychological Association, died July 10, 2013, at her home in Columbia, Md. She was 73. Mrs. Brown was executive director of the association for 28 years, beginning part-time as the only employee and building the association into one of the most vibrant and effective in the […]

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  • The making of a black psychologist: A personal perspective

    As I look back on my life, growing up as a little black boy in the 1950s, in the sweltering heat of the segregated state of Alabama, many things are vivid in my memory. Because of all the injustices I’ve experienced, my psyche has been negatively affected. Many black people who have gone through similar […]

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  • APA sets health service psychologist standards

    Honolulu – The American Psychological Association (APA) set a national standard for psychologists providing health services during its annual convention here July 31-Aug. 4. APA’s Council of Representatives passed a resolution on “Accreditation for Programs that Prepare Psychologists to Provide Health Services” requiring health service psychologists be trained in…

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  • APA Should Defend All Psychologists

    A large number of psychologists are barred from employment with the largest employer of psychologists in the United States — and the American Psychological Association (APA) remains silent about it. A petition and an online networking group at www.allpsychologists.org were recently created to encourage the APA to defend all psychologists, not just those with APA-accredited internships. Psychologists […]

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