Affordable Care Act (ACA) constantly changing & revised

Psychologists can be forgiven if they’ve lost track of changes to the Affordable Care Act (ACA): At its sixth anniversary, the statute has seen all three branches of the federal government undertake steps to alter it. The ACA has suffered three Supreme Court rewrites and 43 revisions through unilateral executive action. Twenty-four legislative modifications included […]

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  • ACA Eroding Employee Insurance, Increasing Demands on Providers

    Choppy waters await independent psychologists accepting third-party reimbursement, as businesses and insurers react to features of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Employer-sponsored insurance (ESI) is being eroded, while the law’s value-based payment system guarantees increased insurer scrutiny of psychological care. Patients with ESI are bearing increased cost-sharing as an indirect yet intentional consequence of a […]

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  • Transitioning to the ICD-10-CM

    Psychologists and other health professionals have a fast-approaching deadline to contend with in their already busy schedules. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a final ruling that Oct. 1 is the mandatory compliance date for all entities subject to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) requirements to transition to the […]

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  • Medicare Penalties Catch Uninformed Psychologists Off Guard

    Despite repeated announcements and warnings from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) of the financial consequences to providers who do not participate in Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) in 2013, some psychologists are angry, confused and shocked after receiving letters announcing an across-the-board penalty of 1.5 percent in 2015. During an informal poll conducted […]

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  • Problems, perceptions likely to dampen ACA enrollment

    As the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) second enrollment campaign begins, federal officials are tamping down expectations. “We never had to have re-enrollment and open enrollment together,” new Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Burwell told reporters. “It will not be perfect.” Cecelia Munoz, Domestic Policy Council director, asked for support from attendees at a […]

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  • New health care codes released mid-year in unprecedented move

    Washington, D.C. – The American Medical Association CPT committee recently released a new set of medical codes for Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA). In an interview at the APA Convention, Antonio Puente, Ph.D., professor of psychology at the University of North Carolina and voting member of the AMA CPT committee, said in his 25-year involvement with […]

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  • Increased Patient Access Falling Short

    In February 2013, the Department of Health and Human Services announced that because of the Affordable Care Act and full implementation of the 2008 Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA), 62 million Americans would gain access to improved mental health and substance abuse (MHSA) care. Recent analyses, however, find that the two laws […]

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  • Sorting Through Professional Liability Insurance

    Professional liability insurance: the difference between claims-made and occurrence coverage, limits of liability, extended reporting period … the list goes on when you’re looking at professional liability insurance, and you may not fully understand what it is that you’re purchasing. The prospect of purchasing insurance can be daunting, and you don’t always know where to […]

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  • PQRS: A Quality Vaccination for Behavioral Healthcare

    The hue and cry among many psychologists notified of a 1.5 percent reduction in payments from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) this year as a penalty for not participating in a government quality assurance program is perhaps understandable given the tight finances of most practices. But there have been ample warnings that changes […]

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  • Caution flags raised over ACA electronic records requirement

    Washington, D.C. – If the nation’s new Affordable Care Act (ACA) can help mental health professionals increase their services, it will be up to psychologists to make it happen by being key players in whatever venue they choose to participate. The government is not going to make it easier for psychology to take its rightful […]

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