Reimbursement "how-to's" and other resources now available at Practice Central

Learn about reimbursement, evidence-based practice and much more. The content is tailored to practicing psychologists and easy to access

by the APA Practice Organization

September 29, 2009 — Do you:

  • Need to know how to correctly complete a standard insurance claim form?

  • Wonder how to use the Health and Behavior codes?

  • Want in-depth information about Evidence-Based Practice?

  • Need quality handouts for your clients or help working with clients who have diabetes?

Practice Central is the go-to place for information and "how-to" resources on these topics and more.

As information about the practice of psychology proliferates, practitioners report that it is increasingly difficult to sift through all of the options and select resources that are the best choices for their practices and their clients.

Developed by the APA Practice Organization, Practice Central is designed to save time and give practitioners peace of mind by simplifying access to the tools and information they need most, while ensuring that those resources are ideally suited for psychologists. What's more, Practice Central addresses the broad range of practitioners' needs at all stages of their careers and in all practice settings.

Although still in its "pre-official launch" phase, Practice Central is quickly becoming the go-to place for resources for practitioners everywhere. The first of many new resources are already available. They include:

  • Instructions on how to complete the CMS-1500

  • Integrated Health Care: How to Use Health and Behavior CPT Codes

  • Insurance and Managed Care Reimbursement Toolkit

  • 2009 updated HIPAA Privacy Rule primer

  • APA record-keeping guidelines

  • Fact sheets on a variety of topics for practitioners, clients and the public

Business and clinically oriented Continuing Education (CE) courses developed specifically for the psychology practice community are also an exciting part of Practice Central's initial offerings. Courses currently include:

  • Evidence-Based Practice in Psychology

  • Patients with Diabetes: What Psychologists Need to Know

  • Starting a Practice

  • Marketing for Psychologists

  • Technology Solutions

  • HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules

Each of these online continuing education courses provides up-to-date information, is easy to use and reasonably priced.

"Practice Central is key to the APA Practice Organization's continued commitment to meeting the needs of the practitioner community," says APA Executive Director for Professional Practice Katherine C. Nordal, PhD.

"We've listened closely to what practicing psychologists have told us they need," Nordal said. "The result is a collection of easy-to-access resources that provide practical information that psychologists can use to enhance their practices, both day-to-day and over the long term."

Practice Central's resources and courses are just the beginning. The site will continue to expand to meet the broad spectrum of information, resource and continuing education needs of the practice community.

Practice Central is temporarily a standalone Web page. The full Web site will be rolled out along with the launch of the new apa.org Web site by the end of 2009. When fully launched, Practice Central will replace APApractice.org, the practice destination for the past several years.

To find out how you, your clients and your practice can benefit from this important resource, visit Practice Central today. And don't forget to bookmark the page in your Internet browser.