A message from Katherine C. Nordal, PhD

The Practice Assessment supports APAPO's advocacy work as we continue to protect and advance the profession of psychology

Katherine C. Nordal, PhDIn the past year alone, the APA Practice Organization (APAPO) has challenged rate cuts by health insurers, supported litigation against abusive managed care practices and gained the introduction of federal legislation to include psychologists in the Medicare definition of “physician.” And these are just a few highlights of how Practice Assessment monies from members are put to good use.

The Practice Assessment is critical to the work of the Practice Organization. Funding for the APAPO, a legally distinct entity from the American Psychological Association (APA) with separate sources of revenue, depends almost entirely on Practice Assessment payments.

APA is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization under Internal Revenue Service (IRS) rules. As a public charity, APA must operate for the good of the public in advancing charitable, educational, or scientific purposes. Created in 2001 as a 501(c)(6) tax-exempt organization, APAPO is not subject to the same IRS restrictions as APA, and is able to engage in a broad range of advocacy in support of practicing psychologists, limited only by available resources.

As the Affordable Care Act is enacted over the next several years, APAPO’s advocacy and legal work will intensify. We need to be at the table as decisions are made about how psychology is included as important health reform measures are finalized. If we’re not at the table, it’s because we’re on the menu.

Meanwhile, growing pressure to reduce Medicare, Medicaid and private sector reimbursement for health services will require considerable advocacy at the national and state levels.

To ensure that psychologists area vital part of the evolving health care marketplace, our state, provincial and territorial psychological associations (SPTAs) must be well-equipped to help us advocate for professional psychology as health care reform is implemented and as insurers reduce payment rates.

Since APAPO began in 2001, nearly $5.8 million in Committee for the Advancement of Professional Psychology (CAPP) grants funded by the Practice Assessment have been given to SPTAs for legislative initiatives, organizational development and additional uses. SPTAs turn to us for consultation and financial support, and we are committed to providing crucial resources they need to enable important advocacy work.

For less than $12 a month in Practice Assessment fees, APAPO members benefit from a team of highly skilled professionals working to protect and advance the profession. We rely on you and thank you for your continued support.

As always, I welcome your input, so please email me to share your comments or thoughts.