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 survives cut in penalties but courts will have final say

    It may be hard for psychologists to believe, but there was a time when the topic of healthcare wasn’t politically charged. So claims Julie Rovner, chief Washington correspondent at Kaiser Health News. She recalls past conversations as “not just bipartisan, but nonpartisan,” often flavored with policy consensus. The 1992 presidential election of Bill Clinton changed […]

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  • Mass shootings unfairly stigmatizing mentally ill

    Much information from the Internet, social media and even broadcast media gives the perception that individuals with serious mental disorders are automatically at a high risk of committing horrific violence. Often such reports sensationalize the relationship of mental disorders to violence in a manner consistent with stigmatic personal perceptions not supported by scientific findings. These […]

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  • APA practice guidelines raise questions

    Washington, D.C. – APA is preparing two sets of practice guidelines, which has many psychologists confused on what the difference is and others concerned that the results may be misapplied by insurers or licensing boards. Those concerns carried over from the March 9-10 meeting of the Council of Representatives to the overlapping March 10-13 Practice […]

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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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  • Risk Management: Psychologists Producing Quality, Well-Documented Patient Care

    The goal of risk management is to reduce the likelihood of discipline by a malpractice court, licensing board, ethics committee or another oversight body. Risk management is an important topic, but it could be viewed as a subset of the larger issue of how to deliver high quality professional services. The best risk management strategy […]

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  • Settlement sought in Hoffman Report suit

    American Psychological Association (APA) officials are “hopeful” a lawsuit sparked by the Hoffman Report can be settled soon but declined further comment. “Because the case is still in litigation, it would not be appropriate for us to comment at this time,” Kim Mills, APA’s interim senior communications advisor, told The National Psychologist in December. “We […]

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  • Court cases, market forces reshaping psychology

    I write from my experience as chair of Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists (TSBEP), but what I’ve seen has broad implications for professional practice nationwide. For nearly 50 years the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has focused on increased competition to facilitate a “free market” in the professions and has closely watched activities of […]

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  • MedPAC’s latest lead balloon

    At its Jan. 11 meeting, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) voted 14-2 to replace the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) with the “voluntary value program” (VVP). The medical community has already been abuzz with the news, including blogs to AMA membership about “MedPAC’s latest lead balloon,” and frank discussion of VVP’s impact on electronic […]

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  • Gun Violence: A Professional Psychology Proposal

    Gun violence continues to be a serious and growing problem. At least monthly, another mass shooting becomes the news of the day. Politically, there appears to be no sincere attempt to address gun violence by the Republican Party that controls all levels of the federal government. I’m sure some will bristle at singling out Republicans. […]

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