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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  • DeLeon Retiring as Senator’s Chief of Staff

    The cluster of degrees behind his name shows that Patrick H. DeLeon, Ph.D., M.P.H., J.D., is no stranger to classrooms, and now that he’s retiring as chief of staff to U.S. Sen. Daniel K. Inouye, D-Hawaii, he expects to return to them but this time as an instructor who can draw on 38 years of […]

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  • Florida approves RxP certification

    The Florida Board of Psychology in July approved the American Board of Medical Psychology (ABMP) to certify properly trained psychologists for a specialty in medical psychology. Florida does not allow RxP psychologists to prescribe psychotropic drugs, but the certification will permit those with proper training to indicate the specialty in credentials and list the designation […]

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  • Just a sec, Honey; It’s fourth-and-goal: The ins and outs of football addiction

    The bowl games are here – the college bowls and the Super Bowl. Since fall began a man’s fancy has turned to … football. For many men each fall, Saturday is College Football Day and Sunday is for the National Football League (NFL). This means a day of sitting in front of the television and […]

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  • APA Convention – Budget woes occupy Council deliberations

    Toronto – Tight budget considerations prompted by recession-related reductions in investment income prompted the APA’s Council of Representatives to spend much of its time in August sessions addressing dollar-and-cents issues. According to an article in ModernHealthcare.com posted May 4, 2009, after piloting the RAC program in several states, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) […]

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  • State leaders focus on political activism

    Washington, D.C. – The American Psychological Association’s 2008 State Leadership Conference focused on gaining greater clout for change through lobbying or litigating to protect and expand the purview of psychology. The big picture in plenary sessions for the roughly 600 in attendance stressed playing a defining role in enacting a national parity law and negotiating […]

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  • Lawyers Wrangle for Top Billing in APA/APAPO Suit

    Two coalitions of law firms are scrambling to recruit practicing psychologists as clients in suits against the American Psychological Association (APA) that the lawyers believe will bring multi-million dollar damage awards for APA members who paid practice assessments in the past 10 years. APA officials contend the suits are unfounded and will fail. Both suits […]

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  • Online squabble opens eyes – APA’s practice assessment not mandatory

    A flap on listservs of the APA that stretched from late March into early May revealed – to the surprise of many – that the “required” practice assessment is not mandatory for practitioners to maintain APA membership. The brouhaha was fueled largely by questions from Timothy R. Tumlin, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist in Darien, Ill., […]

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  • Need for ‘Creative Extremism’ stressed at practice conference

    Las Vegas – Instead of gambling for two days, 85 psychology practitioners spent money and time in October attending the first annual Continuing Education and Practice Development Conference sponsored by the National Alliance of Professional Psychology Providers (NAPPP). Presentations were a mix of inspirational lectures combined with nuts and bolts workshops to sharpen skills necessary […]

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  • Medicare update summer 2009 – Probability of audits increases

    Intense scrutiny for billing and coding errors of Medicare claims begins this summer as the controversial Recovery Audit Contractor (RAC) program is in place. According to an article in ModernHealthcare.com posted May 4, 2009, after piloting the RAC program in several states, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) believes it will cut down on […]

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