Changes to Billing Codes Implemented on Oct. 1

To make the transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10 somewhat easier no deletions, additions or wording changes were allowed to the ICD-10 formalized several years ago. However, the moratorium has run its course and changes to the diagnoses and code numbers to be used for documentation and billing for services rendered after Oct. 1 were recently […]

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  • Direct Secure Messaging Best Electronic Option for Mental Health Records

    The Affordable Care Act (ACA) mandates increased communication between medical providers that creates significant challenges for psychologists and other mental health professionals (MHPs). In particular, use of Electronic Health Records (EHRs) raises concerns about the potential unrestricted flow of Protected Health Information (PHI) about mental health services among the patient’s medical professionals. There are also […]

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  • CMS Proposes Payment Model for Integrated Care

    A growing body of evidence suggests coordination and collaboration between primary care and behavioral health providers improves patient care and reduces costs, but the unanswered question has been how to pay for it. Beginning a year’s trial in January 2017, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has enabled providers who work in centers […]

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  • Vermont Bans Conversion Therapy

    Vermont has become the fifth state to ban the use of conversion therapy on patients younger than 18. The overwhelming voice vote against the therapy that seeks to turn gay individuals into straight ones was enacted after a plea from gay legislator State Sen. Becca Balint of Windham County. She said that while being gay […]

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  • Pilots Likely to Hide Mental Problems from FAA

    In the wake of the tragic crash of GermanWings 9525 last year, the relationship between pilot mental health and aviation safety has drawn widespread attention. Adreas Lubitz, the pilot of this flight, apparently had an extensive mental health history that was well known to both his America-based flight school and his Germany-based airline. Over the […]

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  • The Downside of RxP for Psychology

    Prescriptive authority won’t be harmful to every practice of psychology, as the scope of services provided by psychologists is very broad, but it will be harmful for the practice of psychotherapy, and a main service of many psychology practices is treatment, or psychotherapy. For those practices, prescription authority will be a game changer, turning them […]

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  • Cannabis Research Growing

    Denver – Chinese and other Asians began ingesting cannabis 12,000 years ago. It was brought to North America for the first time by the Spanish in the 1500s, and Jamestown settlers introduced hemp a short time later. But, it wasn’t until Ralph Mechoulam discovered THC in 1964 that researchers were given something to hang their […]

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  • U.S. House Approves Mental Health Measure

    The U.S. House passed H.R. 2646, the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act 422-2 in July and forwarded it for Senate consideration. Lead sponsors of the measure are Reps. Tim Murphy, R-Pa., a clinical psychologist, and Eddie Bernice Johnson, D-Texas. Susan H. McDaniel, Ph.D., president of the American Psychological Association (APA), called the passage […]

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  • Why So Much Violence? Take Your Pick

    Denver – When it came to deciding the cause for the high level of violence in the United States, delegates to the American Psychological Association (APA) convention here had a wide variety of options from which to choose. Symposia and workshops explored the history of violence, the role of media in disseminating information about mass […]

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  • Be Understanding in Treating Obese Patients

    When going to a restaurant, most people do not give a second thought about where they are going to sit. However, this simple event of having the hostess identify a table can strike fear in a person with obesity. “Will I fit?” The same thing happens on an airplane or an amusement park ride. This […]

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