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July 1 is target date for first PSYPACT applications

The countdown for psychologists to practice under the Psychology Interjurisdicitional Compact (PSYPACT) is nearly over. The Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB) has set July 1, 2020, as the tentative date to apply for the program, which gives licensed psychologists the opportunity to practice telepsychology or temporary face-to-face work across state lines in […]

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    Some psychologists consider return on investment before opting into merit-based payment system

    The first quality improvement system implemented by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid services (CMS) in 2007 was designed to improve healthcare quality and reward clinicians for their efforts. The newest iteration, the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), has similar goals but focuses on value not volume while saving money for CMS by making it […]

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  • Touching not always a violation

    Risk Management: Touching not always a violation

    We have been told, “Don’t touch your clients!” “Minimize self-disclosure!” “Never venture outside the office with a client!” “Avoid bartering!” And, of course, “Avoid dual relationships at all costs!” These “don’ts” and many others whisper to us as we emerge from most risk-management workshops and ethics-and-law seminars or while reading an attorney’s or (so-called) experts’ […]

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  • Early Career Psychologists: Associations offer ECPs many advantages

    Data from the American Psychological Association’s (APA) surveys on the demographics of our workforce show that there are approximately n= 94,048 actively licensed psychologists, unevenly distributed across the United States. California leads the pack at n= 15,321, followed by New York at n= 10,462, Illinois at n= 5,155, and Florida at n= 4,370. Some states […]

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  • When to update to the newest revision of a test

    In our work for a major psychological test publisher, one of the questions we’re asked most frequently is, “When do I need to transition to the latest revision of a test?” Our employer and – to the best of my knowledge – no other major test publisher makes any recommendation with regard to this question. […]

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  • Psychologists adjust to the world with coronavirus

    As the coronavirus sweeps across the country, clinical psychologists are struggling with a very practical question: Should they continue to see patients face to face? Many, such as one neuropsychologist in Rock Hill, N.Y., are choosing to conduct all of their therapy online for the next few weeks rather than seeing patients in an office […]

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  • Mitchell testifies in preliminary hearing

    Mitchell testifies in preliminary hearing

    The controversial interrogation methods that two American psychologists designed for prisoners who were accused of atrocities on 9/11 once again have gained national prominence. The methods, called torture by some and enhanced interrogation by others, were back in the news in January as the psychologists testified in preliminary court hearings at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base […]

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  • The insurance war on psychodiagnostic testing

    The insurance war on psychodiagnostic testing

    A woman in her early 70s was recently referred to me for testing by a neurology practice. Their question was does she have a cognitive change referable to cerebral vascular disease. They also needed a baseline prior to a follow-up with a vascular surgeon to reassess the need for a possible carotid endarterectomy or stenting. […]

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  • Ethics for Psychologists: Child porn poses ethical dilemma

    A new client tells you that he is concerned about the amount of time he is watching pornography on his computer. He says that he sometimes spends whole weekends surfing the web for sites that might contain images or videos of interest to him, ignoring his spouse and children. His spouse is concerned and asked […]

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  • Nation’s largest children’s behavioral health center opens

    The Big Lots Behavioral Health Pavilion, billed as the largest behavioral health treatment and research center on a pediatric campus in the United States, has opened on the Nationwide Children’s Hospital grounds in Columbus, Ohio. Its medical director hopes it will set an example for future projects. “Our ability to share our care model with […]

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