Changes to Billing Codes Implemented on Oct. 1

To make the transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10 somewhat easier no deletions, additions or wording changes were allowed to the ICD-10 formalized several years ago. However, the moratorium has run its course and changes to the diagnoses and code numbers to be used for documentation and billing for services rendered after Oct. 1 were recently […]

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  • Why So Much Violence? Take Your Pick

    Denver – When it came to deciding the cause for the high level of violence in the United States, delegates to the American Psychological Association (APA) convention here had a wide variety of options from which to choose. Symposia and workshops explored the history of violence, the role of media in disseminating information about mass […]

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  • APA Adopts Guidelines for Transgender Therapy

    Psychologists who work with transgender or gender nonconforming people should provide acceptance, support and understanding without making assumptions about gender identities or expressions, suggests a new set of guidelines. The guidelines were adopted by the APA’s Council of Representatives at the annual convention in Toronto. They were drafted by an APA task force in the […]

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  • Hoffman Report Says Ethics Standards Intentionally Loosened

    The much anticipated Hoffman Report released July 10 found that for more than 10 years the American Psychological Association (APA) fostered weak ethical restraints on psychologists’ involvement in terrorist detention facilities to curry favor with the Department of Defense (DoD). Much criticism in the report focused on Stephen Behnke, JD, Ph.D., director of APA’s ethics […]

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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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  • APAPO dues assessment draws new lawsuit

    The legal battle over annual dues assessments charged practicing psychologists to support the American Psychological Association Practice Organization (APAPO) has been reignited in a suit filed March 27 in the U.S. District Court for Southern California. The law firm of Tycko and Zavareei LLP of Washington, D.C., filed a class action suit against the American […]

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  • Ethics for Psychologists: Giving Professional Commentary on Public Figures

    Suppose a news reporter asks you to comment on a recent drunken shoplifting spree involving a high-profile celebrity. Let’s call him Mr. Personality. As a psychologist, you can offer an educated, scientific perspective. In addition, being quoted in the media boosts your credibility as an expert. You are aware that in order to stay ethical, […]

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  • ACLU Sues Psychologists Who Designed Torture Tactics

    The American Civil Liberties Union filed suit Oct. 13 against two psychologists who developed the “enhanced interrogation” techniques for the CIA that resulted in torture of prisoners at terrorist detention facilities at Guantanamo Bay, Abu Ghraib and some “black” CIA sites. In 2005, psychologists James Mitchell, Ph.D., and John “Bruce” Jessen, Ph.D., both former Air […]

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  • APA Resets ‘Moral Compass’ at Toronto Meeting

    Toronto – The American Psycho-logical Association is counting on its “reset moral compass”  adopted at its annual convention here to try to end a decade of rancorous debate over the role of psychologists in national security interrogations and help stem the threatened loss of membership. “Resetting our moral compass” was a phrase used several times […]

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  • APA task force report: Gun violence can be reduced

    A task force of the American Psychological Association studying gun violence determined that while there is no specific profile to predict who will use a gun in a violent act, there are effective ways to reduce gun violence in America. The report, “Gun Violence: Prediction, Prevention, and Policy,” was prepared by a task force established […]

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