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Urge Members of Congress to Co-Sponsor the Medicare Mental Health Access Act

Last month hundreds of psychologists took to Capitol Hill during the APA Practice Organization’s Practice Leadership Conference to urge their members of Congress to cosponsor professional psychology’s priority legislation, the Medicare Mental Health Access Act (H.R. 1173/S.448). We need your help contacting Congress to pass this bill!

H.R. 1173 and S. 448 would allow psychologists to provide Medicare services to patients without unnecessary physician supervision in many treatment settings by amending the Medicare definition of “physician” to include psychologists. This definition already includes podiatrists, chiropractors, optometrists, and dentists. Psychologists are the only doctoral-level provider not included.

Click link below to write your Members of Congress today and urge them to co-sponsor the Medicare Mental Health Access Act!

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Nevada Psychology Interns Now Authorized to Bill Medicaid

Nevada Psychological Association successfully advocates for interns’ enrolllment in state-run insurance program.

On Feb. 22, Nevada Medicaid approved new rules allowing appropriately supervised doctoral interns to enroll as Medicaid providers, making Nevada the 18th state to do so.

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Up to code: Keep currrent with coding

The latest on psychological and neuropsychological testing codes.

Practicing psychologists need to know almost as much about billing codes as they do about their patients…..

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Live Stream Webinar, April 29th 2017: "Ethics & the Law: Complications in Communications with Clinical and Forensic Clients"

“Ethics & the Law: Complications in Communications
with Clinical and Forensic Clients”

Featuring:  Jeffrey N. Younggren, Ph.D., ABPP

Length: 6 hours

CE Hours: 6 Ethics Continuing Education Credits
15% off Trust Sponsored Professional Liability Policy premium (for 2 consecutive renewals at next policy renewal)

Webinar Details:

One Day Only: Saturday, April 29, 2017
Pacific Time 6:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m
~ Eastern Time 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
~ Central Time 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
~ Mountain Time 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m

Link to registration for Webcast, click here
Please enter state code TRUST-NV when registering

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Victory! House Pulls "American Health Care Act" From Floor

On Friday, March 24th, House leaders stopped consideration of the “American Health Care Act”, legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), as it did not appear to have enough votes for passage.

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Nevada Seeks Big Shift in Mental Health System

Nevada Seeks Big Shift in Mental Health System
BY MICHELLE RINDELS
PUBLISHED FEBRUARY 5TH, 2017 – 2:40 AM

Nevada Independent

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Victory! Congress passes Mental Health Reform

You did it! Today the Senate voted 94-5 to pass federal mental health reform, as part of the 21st Century Cures legislation. This follows up on a 392-26 vote last week by the U.S. House of Representatives. President Obama is expected to sign this legislation into law. Because of your efforts psychologists from around the country sent over 8,000 messages to Congress, urging their legislators to pass mental health reform.

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2017-19 DHS Budget Presentation for Health Care Financing and Policy

Please click on link below to view this very detailed and informative 2017-2019 budget presentation of DHS’s Division of Health Care Financing and Policy.

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When a psychologist gets sick

How to deal with those times when illness interferes with your practice.

If you’re Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, running a campaign in one of the most contentious elections in recent U.S. history, getting sick is probably one of the last things you’re worried about. The same could be said for a psychologist working as a solo practitioner or helping run a successful group practice.

As a psychologist, you may be in the middle of a “busy season” for your practice. You have a consistent level of clientele and you’re making a steady income. Most importantly, you’re fully invested in providing your patients with the best health care you have to offer. Then, in an unexpected turn, you’re hit with a medical diagnosis that forces you to reevaluate how much time you can commit to working. Your physician may even instruct you to take some time off.

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6-20-2016 APAPO - The Broad View

A few weeks before our NPA delegation went off to the APA/APAPO State Leadership Conference in March, we got a letter about looming financial problems facing the APAPO.  We got much more detailed information at the conference.  It definitely impacts NPA in a big way.

Click on attached article to find out why, and how you can possibly help.

Wendi O’Connor
Executive Director

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Annual Business Meeting April 30th, 2016 - Congratulations to our 2016 NPA Award Winners!

NPA Recognizes the Hard Work of its Members at our 2016 Annual Business Meeting

 

James Mikawa Award – Richard Baldo, Ph.D.

Outstanding Contribution to NPA Award – Steven Graybar, Ph.D. and Robyn Donaldson, Ph.D.

Outstanding Advocacy Award – Melanie Crawford, Ph.D.

2016 Student Poster Presentation Winners

1st Place: Caitlin McLean – The feasibility and efficacy of a web-based Acceptance and Commitment Therapy program for survivors of interpersonal trauma

2nd Place: Julie Skutch – Context Matters: Comparing Two Measures of Emotion Regulation

3rd Place: Abigail Mayfield – Utility of WISC-IV Short Forms in Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

NPA Receives 2016 Award for Outstanding Association at the APAPO State Leadership Conference in Washington DC

NPA received the 2016 Award for Outstanding Association at the 2016 APAPO State Leadership Conference in Washington DC.
Way to go NPA!2016 SLC - NPA receives Outstanding SPTA Award

Unnecessary physician supervision and Medicare payment rates highlight coming legislative agenda

Learn more about what the APA Practice Organization is doing on behalf of practicing psychologists in 2016.

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ICD-10-CM code discrepancies found in DSM-5

Get information about noted discrepancies, and instructions for printing out the Coding Updates for DSM-5 from the American Psychiatric Association.

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Urge Your Members of Congress to Co-Sponsor The Medicare Mental Health Access Act

APAPO is excited to announce that on December 16, 2015 Rep. Kristi Noem (R-SD), joined by Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), introduced H.R. 4277, the Medicare Mental Health Access Act, in the U.S. House of Representatives. This bipartisan legislation would allow psychologists to provide Medicare services to patients without unnecessary physician supervision in all treatment centers by amending the Medicare definition of physician to include psychologists.

The Medicare Mental Health Access Act is professional psychology’s priority legislation, and we need your help contacting Congress!

Click here to write to your Members of Congress today and urge them to co-sponsor the Medicare Mental Health Access Act! 

Direct Link:  http://capwiz.com/apapractice/issues/alert/?alertid=69079631

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Letter to the APA

On December 1st, 2015, the Executive Board of the Nevada Psychological Association sent a letter via email to the APA and to Drs. McDaniel and Puente. This letter, attached below, is a summary based upon your responses to questions from the survey which our Ad Hoc Committee administered. The Ad Hoc Committee summarized these responses and composed a letter which was then reviewed and edited by the Executive Board.

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NPA Survey Results

The NPA board formed the Ad Hoc Committee in order to gain information regarding membership concerns and reactions to the Hoffman Report. Results from the survey that was sent to the membership in September now available. Click below to view survey results

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ICD-10 Webinar

ICD-10 – Being Ready for the October Deadline
Presented by: Antonio E. Puente, Ph.D.,
University of North Carolina Wilmington

A Webinar, via the Web

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CMS Again Extends 2014 PQRS Informal Review Period to December 16

Eligible professionals (EPs) in Medicare, including psychologists, who believe they have been incorrectly assessed the 2016 PQRS negative payment adjustment have until 11:50pm ET on December 16, 2015 to request an informal review of their 2014 PQRS reporting data. For more details, click below.

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CMS Releases 2016 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule

On October 30th, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the final rule on the 2016 Medicare physician fee schedule, establishing Medicare’s payment policies for the coming year.

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Oregon allows doctoral psychology interns and residents to bill Medicaid

Learn more about the new law that advances integrated care by including psychologists as behavioral health clinicians in patient centered primary care homes and behavioral health homes

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CMS sends 2% Medicare payment reduction notices for 2016

If you have received a letter from CMS, find out how to appeal and avoid future penalties

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August APA Council Report 8/21/15

APA Council Representative Report for August 2015
Lisa Grossman, JD, PhD, ABPP, Division 31 APA Council Representative

8/21/15

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NPA Exec Board Response to the APA Independent Review

July 21st, 2015
NPA Executive Board’s response to the APA Independent Review

Robyn Donaldson, 2015/16 NPA President

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Sept 2015 APA Monitor

APA takes strong action in response to independent review.
Click to read article in September APA Monitor

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APA's Council Bans Psychologist Participation in National Security Interrogations

TORONTO — The American Psychological Association’s Council of Representatives voted overwhelmingly today to prohibit psychologists from participating in national security interrogations.

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