Practice Update

January 21, 2009 |Vol. 6, No. 1

In the Spotlight

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?

A matter of law: Know the stakes before signing any solicitation

Think twice before signing what may be a well-disguised solicitation to join a provider network, accompanied by significant financial consequences for your practice

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.

New Medicare law benefits psychologists and patients

The Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008 will increase payments to offset 2007 cuts, delay additional cuts, phase in coinsurance parity and expand funding for services to veterans and rural Americans

Pay-for-performance trend gathers steam

Experts at the APA Practice Organization's 2008 State Leadership Conference explored pay-for-performance programs as they are being applied to mental health services delivery

Clinical Conversation on PTSD Related to Military Combat

This "Clinical Conversation" was stimulated by the documented mental health needs of active duty military, National Guard, Reservists and veterans who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom and in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan