Liaison Report from the Committee for the Advancement of Professional Practice
The Society of Group Psychology and Group Psychotherapy sent a liaison (Dr. Leann Diederich) to the recent CAPP board meeting in Washington, DC, in early October. Below is a summary of highlights that might be relevant to Society members, followed by a formal meeting summary submitted by CAPP from the October 2015 meeting (available as a PDF).
- Legal and Regulatory Affairs (LRA): LRA had several updates, including sharing about the success of the Multi-State Summit on Delineating Alternative Practice, Legal and Financial Models for Integration that took place in New York City in May (a streaming of the event is available for purchase at: http://bit.ly/1ieSgXS). They had a think-tank prior to the summit and are going to investigate two key topics from it: Multi-State Management Services Organization (MSO) and Multi-State Group Purchasing Organizations. Given the success of this summit, they have several summits planned for 2016, including May 20, 2016 in DC and June 24th in Chicago. They also discussed the work of a fellow, Caroline Bergner, JD, and her work on Medicaid reimbursement of interns (e.g., H&B codes allows interns to get training in integrated care) and how focusing on an opportunity for doing this in independent practice may increase supervision opportunities for interns.
- Internal Governance: A number of the topics at the recent meeting involved APAPO and CAPP internal governance concerns, such as budgets, strategic plans, and membership. Given the ramifications of the Independent Review and subsequent impact on membership across APA and APAPO, discussions were had as to how the organization can move forward with an openness to ownership and a focus on transparency.
- Psychologist Involvement in Medical Staffs: Currently, only 37 states allow psychologists to serve as hospital medical staff. CMS revised their requirements in 2012 to encourage hospitals to be “inclusive” of psychologists when making medical staff appointments, which was supported by the APAPO, however, most psychologists are unaware of the need to pursue this avenue. If you are working in a hospital setting, please consider the resources that APAPO can offer you if you are advocating for psychologists to be considered for these types of appointments.
For more details on these, please review the official CAPP Meeting Highlights.