2008 News for Practitioners
Americans stressed over economy, more report symptoms
The Stress in America survey finds women suffering the most financial stress, especially older women, and more people report physical symptoms.
In the forefront of advocacy
The APA Practice Organization, along with a broad coalition of organizations, was crucial in achieving this important legislative victory. Grassroots advocacy, direct lobbying on Capitol Hill and political giving helped gain the full mental health parity law.
Psychology girds for battle over proposed hospital regulations
California has reissued proposed regulations that would permit psychologists to practice independently within the full scope of their licensure in hospitals and other institutional settings.
Mental health grant offers alternative to incarceration
The reauthorized Mentally Ill Offender Treatment and Crime Reduction Act improves mental health services to nonviolent offenders, providing support services, treatment, employment and housing.
Do you need to notify Medicare of a change in your practice?
The types of changes that physicians, nonphysician providers and group practices are required to report to Medicare within 90 days.
A letter from Dr. Katherine Nordal
APA Executive Director for Professional Practice Katherine C. Nordal's letter describing passage of mental health parity legislation.
The APA parenting coordination pre-Convention institute
"Parenting Coordination: Practice, Research, and Public Policy Issues," discussed practice and ethical issues, as well as risk management.
House and Senate pass parity bills
Large group insurance plans would be required to provide the same mental health benefits as physical health, from treatment limits to co-pays, deductibles and out-of pocket maximums.
Full mental health parity is now law
Mental health parity is a great step forward in the fight to end insurance discrimination against those seeking treatment for mental health and substance use disorders.
Summary of the new parity law
The act will end health insurance benefits inequity between mental health/substance use disorders and medical/surgical benefits.
Landmark victory: Mental health parity is now law
Insurance companies can no longer limit the number of hospital days or outpatient treatment sessions, or assign higher copayments or deductibles for those needing psychological services.
Pointers for psychologists on client record retention
Do you know what your state law requires regarding client record retention? Are you aware of APA's Record Keeping Guidelines?
The Wellstone-Domenici Mental Health Parity Act of 2008: Questions and answers for psychologists
Answers about mental health and substance use parity, how the act applies to Medicare and Medicaid patients, network reimbursement and included diagnoses.