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.
Anthony Puente, Ph.D., President-Elect of the American Psychological Association and coding expert, provided an excellent webinar, “Getting Reimbursed for Treatment of Behavioral and Neurocognitive Disorders,” on Aug. 31, 2016. This webinar was offered to members of the APA Practice Organization, and will be posted on the APAPO website. (He had help for an APAPO staff member, whose name was not listed in the slides and I was unable to figure out her name from the sound track.)
By Richard Sethre, Psy.D., L.P., with generous research support provided by Procentive The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA, or “Obamacare”) includes many major changes in the delivery of healthcare, including increased communication between medical providers to coordinate care. This has created significant challenges for Mental Health Professionals (MHPs). The PPACA mandates eventual use of Electronic Heath Records (EHRs) that have capabilities that raise concerns for MHPs about patient confidentiality, including the capability of exchanging Protected Health Information (PHI) among the patient’s medical professionals.