A significant breakthrough: Psychology finally gains share of GME funds

Language contained in the last two federal budgets represents major breakthroughs in recognizing psychology as a full-fledged partner in the treatment of hospitalized patients for the first time. The key to winning that recognition is contained in both the Balanced Budget Act of 1997 and the $500 billion budget deal enacted Oct. 20 to fund […]

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  • Case Rates: The Good, Bad, and Ugly

    Despite dramatic decreases in the cost of mental health treatment during the last several years, many managed care companies are using a new payment method that most psychologists believe will cut into their income even more. The switch from fee-for-service reimbursement to ” case rates” has been growing steadily in some locations, such as California […]

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  • Whether Psychiatry Is Up to ‘Dirty Tricks’ Is Question In Proposed State Parity Laws

    Washington–Psychologists run the risk of being the “bad guys” if they overtly attempt to kill proposed state parity laws limited to Severe Mental Illness (SMI) diagnoses, several state psychological association leaders were told here recently. Still, Ronald E. Bachman, an actuary at Coopers & Lybrand in Atlanta, told the state leaders there are dangers involved […]

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  • The Judge Who Directs Nation’s First Mental Health Court

    Fort Lauderdale, FL — The wonder is why it took so long to acknowledge that letting mentally ill persons roam the streets or linger in wretched jail cells or institutionalizing them without providing appropriate treatment has been ineffective.          Finally, mercifully, Broward County, FL has taken the plight of a segment of mentally ill persons […]

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  • Psychology Told to Put ‘House in Order’ Before Seeking Prescription Rights

    Until psychology gets its house in order, there is little reason to discuss prescribing privileges, reacted a Hawaii legislator recently after psychologists squared off rambunctiously in the State House in Honolulu. The defeat of prescription privileges in Hawaii occurred only weeks before a seven-member subcommittee in California killed prescription privileges by a 1-4 vote in […]

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  • IRA Distribution Rules Are Complex; Pay Close Heed As You Near Retirement

    Many professionals, in looking toward their retirement years, puzzle over how to plan for their mandatory IRA distributions; they ask us to explain the rules “in plain English.” Readers should realize, however, that these rules are technical and extremely complex. Any “plain English” summary will not be reliable as a guide to actually making all […]

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