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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Psychological testing: a look back; a look ahead

    I wrote my first psychological test report while in training, in the early 1970s. In those years, there was a more or less standard battery that had changed little since the 1940s and which was employed irrespective of the patient’s history and clinical presentation. This battery consisted of the WAIS for adults and the WISC […]

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  • Jails are Nation’s Largest Institutions for Mentally Ill

    Fifty years ago, America had about 600,000 state hospital beds for individuals suffering mental illnesses. Today, there are fewer than 40,000. In contrast, a Bureau of Justice Statistics study estimated there are approximately 1 million mentally ill individuals in America’s prisons and jails. Consequently, the nation’s largest mental health facilities are no longer psychiatric hospitals […]

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Is AMA’s Embarrassing Sunbeam Deal a Cue for Less Risks by Associations?

    Rarely in its annals has the embarrassment been more keenly felt, the reverberations from doctors and the public been more outraged, and the recovery more painful than the soured Sunbeam deal that shook the august American Medical Association at its roots last summer. It’s a lesson potentially for all associations seeking rescue schemes to solve […]

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