What is Obamacare anyway?

In reviewing “the state of Obamacare in 2018,” Vox policy reporter Dylan Scott wondered, “What even is Obamacare anyway?” “It’s increasingly difficult to assess ‘Obamacare’ as if it is a single entity,” he wrote. “Because depending on how you look at it, the law might be a rousing success or it’s fallen far short of […]

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  • Risk Management: When being too helpful can backfire

    When prospective clients call on the phone to ask about your services, some will also tell you a little about their problem. At this point, you may want to listen empathetically. But do not ask probing questions. After speaking with you for a few minutes, a prospective client may make an appointment and then ask […]

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  • What have we learned from 30 years of school shootings?

    In May of 1988, a 30-year-old woman, Laurie Dann, walked into an elementary school in Winnetka, Ill., and opened fire with a handgun, killing an 8-year-old boy and wounding five other children before killing herself. The Winnetka case was the first school shooting to receive national and international media attention. Since then there has been […]

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  • How to handle conflicts of ethics and the law

    One of the issues that has always felt gray to many psychologists is when the APA (2010) Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct (Ethics Code) conflicts with the law. Should a psychologist follow the legal code or the Ethics Code? The Ethics Code specifically states in section 1.02, “If psychologists’ ethical responsibilities conflict […]

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  • Psychologists should study uses of marijuana

    I am not aware of any ethical issues for psychologists that have arisen in reports on the increased legalization or medical use of marijuana. However, with medical marijuana legal in 29 states and the District of Columbia, I feel that psychologists in those jurisdictions have an ethical duty to be familiar with medical marijuana, including […]

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  • APA council approves reorganization

    Washington, D.C. – After hours of heated debate, the governing body of the American Psychological Association (APA) voted overwhelmingly to approve a reorganization plan that will require all members to pay for lobbying and will expand that lobbying beyond practicing psychologists. “I think we are at a critical moment,” CEO Arthur C. Evans Jr., Ph.D., […]

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  • MedPAC’s latest lead balloon

    At its Jan. 11 meeting, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) voted 14-2 to replace the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) with the “voluntary value program” (VVP). The medical community has already been abuzz with the news, including blogs to AMA membership about “MedPAC’s latest lead balloon,” and frank discussion of VVP’s impact on electronic […]

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  • APA practice guidelines raise questions

    Washington, D.C. – APA is preparing two sets of practice guidelines, which has many psychologists confused on what the difference is and others concerned that the results may be misapplied by insurers or licensing boards. Those concerns carried over from the March 9-10 meeting of the Council of Representatives to the overlapping March 10-13 Practice […]

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  • Jail opens mental treatment unit

    The city jail in Roanoke, Va., took an innovative step in April to deal with inmates with mental disorders. It transferred four of them into a newly designated mental health unit. The Roanoke Times quoted Sheriff Tim Allen as saying, “You’ll never be able to turn a jail into a complete treatment center, but this […]

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  • New prepayment audits strike fear in Medicare providers

    Reviews of Medicare claims using the traditional “pay and chase” method are nothing new, but if documentation is not thorough or if billing practices vary significantly from peers, recent pre-payment audits will threaten the existence of some psychology practices that treat older adults. One psychologist, who requested anonymity because he is currently under audit by […]

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