2010 News for Practitioners
APA to develop treatment guidelines — Nominations sought for steering committee
The advisory steering committee will include experts in such areas as clinical research, comparative effectiveness research and services research.
Update on regulatory implementation of the federal parity law
The final rule requires parity for all financial requirements and treatment limitations and prohibits separate deductibles and out-of-pocket maximums as applied to mental health and substance use disorder benefits.
Member update: October 5, 2010
Information on the class action lawsuit against United Health Care, the psychologist locator, the Psychologically Healthy Workplace program and the Coalition for Patients' Rights.
Member update: November 1, 2010
Information on changing the Medicare definition of psychologist, health care reform, health information technology, Medicare psychotherapy payments and telehealth.
President signs one-month SGR cut delay
President Obama signed legislation postponing the Sustainable Growth Rate cut, which would have cut most provider payments.
CMS releases final rule on 2011 Medicare fee schedule
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services rule has disproportionately negative impact on mental health reimbursement