Psychologist thought it was a scam when Blue Shield tried to get $38,000

When Steven R. Cohen, Ph.D., a practicing psychologist in Philadelphia, received a call in 1999 from Pennsylvania Blue Shield, he was told to prepare to be audited for “overuse.” The audit would focus on CPT Code 90844, which has since been changed to 9086 denoting 45-50 minute individual therapy sessions. Endless letters and phone calls […]

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  • State of Texas v. Andrea Yates

    Out-of-state experts shortchanged Andrea Yates; didn’t know Texas law In the City of Rusk in Cherokee County in deep east Texas, the azaleas have dropped their flowers but the bluebonnets line rural highways. From the walls of the Skyview Unit of the Texas Department of Corrections, Andrea Yates cannot see the bluebonnets or the azaleas. […]

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  • Surgeon General unveils far-reaching mental health report

    From all appearances, the presentation of a new report on mental illness by Surgeon General David Satcher, M.D., Ph.D., at the APA convention in San Francisco in late August was a smashing success, reminding America about its neglected masses craving for help. But now come the details. Satcher’s tenure as surgeon general will soon end–in […]

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  • John Roraback, Innovator Of PsyUSA Network, Dies In Moline, IL At Age 51

    The man who introduced thousands of psychologists to psychology on the internet via PsyUSA died suddenly on Aug. 17. John M. Roraback, Ph.D., who was 51 years old, was struck by a massive heart attack over coffee at the breakfast table in his Moline, IL home. His wife, Nancy, whom he had married only recently, […]

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  • Report says dearth of MDs helped psychologists gain prescribing rights in Guam

    The shortage of medical doctors involved in the practice of psychiatrist was part of the reason psychologists in Guam were granted the right recently to prescribe psychotropic medications, George Kallingal, Ph.D., a Guam psychologist, told The National Psychologist. Only five psychiatrists serve the island which consists of 160,000 residents and a million tourists a year. […]

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  • New Mexico first to pass prescription privileges

    New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson made it official on March 6, signing the bill granting psychologists prescription authority. The article below is excerpted from the Page 1 story in The March/April 2002 issue of The National Psychologist which went to press and was mailed on Feb. 28. In a startling development, New Mexico became the […]

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  • Breakthroughs For Women Psychologists Highlighted Last Quarter Of 20th Century

    If the year 2000 ratings for “best” and “greatest” advancements were ranked by quarter centuries, the likelihood is that 1975-2000 would be cast as “the quarter century of the woman.” Particularly, the woman psychologist. If Freud and his theories dominated the first part of the century, and the practitioners’ foothold became one of the transcending […]

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  • Foreign policy, Yugoslavia, and bombing: Where is psychology?

    Where is psychology when crucial foreign policy decisions are made? Are the boundaries of psychology limited to the clinic, the university, the school, the hospital, and the business? Is the knowledge gained by thousands of educated and experienced clinicians and researchers of human behavior so esoteric and impractical that it is of little use to […]

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