A message from Katherine C. Nordal, PhD

On March 10, I had the privilege of addressing the nearly 500 psychology leaders who gathered in Washington, DC, for our 29th annual State Leadership Conference. The theme for the 2012  conference was “Bringing Psychology to the Table: State Leadership in Health Care Reform,” recognizing both our members’ concern about health care reform and the crucial role that states will play in implementation.

Based on results from our survey last summer, we know members are particularly concerned about health care reform and reimbursement for psychological services, and we share these concerns.

Though the future of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is uncertain, we know there are changes ahead for our health care system. So we continue working to position professional psychology for important roles in an evolving health care system. As always, we are counting on your engagement and grassroots advocacy to help ensure that policymakers value the work of psychologists and adequately reimburse for your services.

This issue of PracticeUpdate features several conference highlights, with more information coming in later issues. As always, we value your feedback and suggestions for content that you would find helpful. Please email us to share your thoughts.