Hoffman Report’s flaws should be acknowledged

For the past decade, members of Division 48 (Peace) and Division 39 (Psychoanalysis) of the APA have filed and/or supported licensure and ethics complaints and attempted to instigate criminal investigations against military psychologists for abusing detainees. None of these accusations has been found to be credible, presented as they were in the absence of evidence […]

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  • ACA less friendly to psychologists than expected

    With the Affordable Care Act’s implementation in 2014, many mental health providers rejoiced. Improved parity protections and mental health/substance abuse (MHSA) coverage would benefit 62 million Americans, federal officials said. John Grohol, Psy.D., founder and CEO of PsychCentral, expressed hope. “With more people obtaining either private insurance or joining an expanded Medicaid program, the bet […]

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  • ACA hasn’t reduced health care costs

    “The only way we’re going to stop our country from being a latter day Roman Empire – and falling under its own weight,” MIT economist Jonathan Gruber told a 2010 audience, “is getting control of the growth rate of health care costs.” The 2010 Affordable Care Act (ACA), which Gruber was integral in developing, was […]

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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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  • Legalization for Medical Use Means Psychologists Should Study Marijuana

    Lexington, Ky. – The rapid expansion in medical marijuana use means psychologists need to better understand the drug’s effects, a noted cannabis researcher and experimental psychologist told a packed house at the Kentucky Psychological Association’s annual convention in late October. But Ryan Vandrey, Ph.D., also said more questions than answers remain about what conditions cannabis […]

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  • Health Care Reform Update: Price Transparency Movement Growing

    As Washington, D.C., struggles to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), a little-known movement has the potential to upend how insurance companies and health care providers do business. Legislators had hoped the ACA would constrain health expenditures through various pay-for-performance initiatives. However, value-based programs have largely failed thus far, and cost control remains […]

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  • Most military efforts miss target on suicide prevention

    When no one hears the cries, readjustment becomes out of reach. Returning troops claw their way back toward some degree of normalcy that remain eternally beyond reach. The abyss beckons. The keen sense of being broken beyond repair, yet knowing they look no different outwardly, threatens to strangle their spirits. They are caught in a […]

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  • Health care reform update: States ponder possible changes to ACA

    It was mere hours after taking the oath of office that President Trump began taking aim at the Affordable Care Act (ACA). “Pending repeal,” Trump’s executive order read, “it is imperative for the executive branch to ensure that the law is being efficiently implemented, take all actions consistent with law to minimize the unwarranted economic […]

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  • Psychology Lags Behind Psychiatry in Health Integration Readiness

    Because of abundant evidence that integrating behavioral health into primary care reduces costs and improves population health, the federal government wants mental health professionals trained to support at least 140,000 primary care practices across the country. In October 2016, CMS (Center for Medicare and Medicaid Service) awarded the American Psychological Association (APA) $2 million to […]

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  • Hurricane Trauma and Psychology: Mix Well, Stirred but not Shaken

    On Sept. 10 Hurricane Irma’s eyewall passed over my home and made landfall in the Florida Keys as a Category 4 storm. My wife and I were long gone; we had evacuated first to the home of friends in Orlando and then continued on to Georgia to seek sanctuary with our younger son and his […]

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