Former opponent now favors RxP

In the March/April 2016 edition of The National Psychologist I wrote expressing ambivalence about the merits of prescribing privileges for psychologists (RxP). Events over the past several years have changed my opinion. I now fully support RxP. Here are some reasons why: *The percentage of psychiatrists who accept private non-capitated insurance is significantly lower than […]

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  • ACA less friendly to psychologists than expected

    With the Affordable Care Act’s implementation in 2014, many mental health providers rejoiced. Improved parity protections and mental health/substance abuse (MHSA) coverage would benefit 62 million Americans, federal officials said. John Grohol, Psy.D., founder and CEO of PsychCentral, expressed hope. “With more people obtaining either private insurance or joining an expanded Medicaid program, the bet […]

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  • Rescue dogs replace lab rats

    A psychology professor at Illinois State University uses rescue dogs instead of typical maze-running lab rats, allowing students to learn about behavioral modification and preparing the dogs for finding new homes. Valeri Farmer-Dougan, Ph.D., is director of the university’s Canine Behavior and Cognition Laboratory and has been using dogs in her classes for nine years. […]

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  • Court ruling could affect psychologists

    A case decided in a Connecticut court in December has broad ramifications for psychologists, including limiting a practitioner’s reliance on informed consent to govern confidentiality standards. Byrne v Avery Center In 2004, Emily Byrne became pregnant with Andro Mendoza’s baby. Sensing trouble, she broke up with Mendoza and moved out of town; Mendoza then filed […]

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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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  • Integrated healthcare requires caution

    Integrating behavioral health into primary care and other healthcare services has offered another service modality to our field’s bandwidth. It holds a unique place, sharing the boundary between behavioral and other healthcare services, and is best served by integrated teams. Some have argued there is an urgent need for this treatment modality due to the […]

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  • Using testing codes requires great care

    I have discovered a significant problem with the new Medicare testing codes described by Paula Hartman-Stein, Ph.D., in the January/February issue of The National Psychologist. She stated that the coding for the neurobehavioral status exam (96116) and psychiatric diagnostic interview (90791) has not changed. That needs some clarification. On another front, psychologists must be careful […]

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