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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Running the gauntlet: The treating psychologist in court

    Psychologists who do not identify as forensic psychologists know that they need to be prepared for those occasions when they may find themselves transported to that venue by no choice of their own. Our APA Ethics Code gives us direction on this point in stating, “When assuming forensic roles, psychologists are to become reasonably familiar […]

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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