I attended a presentation about PSYPACT for the Minnesota Board of Psychology on Friday, May 17. Alex Segal, PhD, JD, presented on behalf of the PSYPACT parent organization, the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB). He is a psychologist and attorney, and is the Direct of Professional Affairs at ASPPB. He also was staff to the APA/ASPPB/The Trust (at that time, The Trust was APA’s medical malpractice organization) Joint Task Force on Telepsychology. PSYPACT is an “interstate compact.” This is a legal structure that was created by the US Constitution to allow states to negotiate form, legally binding
PSYPACT is the Psychology Interjuristictional Compact. It involves the formal approval of a “model act” developed by the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB) to allow approved psychologists from a PSYPACT state to legally practice telepsychology over state lines and to provide temporary in-person services in another PSYPACT state – without having to be licensed in the second state.
As of 12-17-17, DHS significantly reduced the requirements for Brief DAs, and increased the number of therapy sessions that can be provided prior to completing the Brief DA to three sessions. These changes delete eight previously required sections, making the Brief DA truly more brief.
The medicaidlaw-nc blog posted “Do You Pay Your Billing Agent a Percentage of Claims? You May Be in Violation of Federal law!” on 7-12-17. Obviously, this is an attention-getting title, so let’s begin with a deep breath and some background about the source. This blog is posted regularly by Nicole Emmanuel, a lawyer in North Carolina who specializes in Medicaid litigation. She blogs regularly about Medicaid issues, with her intended audience being NC medical professionals but MHConcierge finds her posts to be informative about national issues and monitors her blog.
JAMA Published “Can Patients Make Recordings of Medical Encounters?: What does the Law Say?” On 8-8-17. This article discusses the fact that recording technology is now readily available for every smartphone user. The authors note that the motivation for for recording may be entirely reasonable; the patient may simply want to be able to review the discussion in order to improve their understanding of the information provided, and possibly to share this information with family members. Researchers found that patients who are provided audio recordings of clinic visits tend to find them to be very helpful. But, what about patients