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Committe for the Advancement of Professional Practice

Leann Diederich, Ph.D.
Leann Diederich, Ph.D.

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.

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Committee Reports

Committee for the Advancement of Professional Practice

Leann Diederich, Ph.D.
Leann Diederich, Ph.D.

The Society of Group Psychology and Group Psychotherapy have sent a liaison (Dr. Leann Diederich) to the recent two CAPP board meetings in Washington, DC. Below is a summary of highlights that might be relevant to Society members, followed by formal meeting highlights submitted by CAPP from the May 2015 meeting.

Meeting Highlights by Dr. Diederich

  • Dr. Katherine Nordal recently spoke at the Society of Psychologists in Management Conference. The next meeting is February 24-28, 2016 in Atlanta, GA. If any group psychologists with expertise in group dynamics and management want to present, this might be a good audience to lend our expertise to. (For more information: http://www.spim.org/conference.shtml).
  • The staff from the Government Relations office of APAPO spoke about their work on behalf of practicing psychologists. This includes advocacy leading to the repeal of the sustainable growth rate (SGR) as well as their continued work to include psychologists listed as physicians in the Medicare definition. Given the anticipated 1.5% decrease in Medicare payments over the next 5 years, they still have a lot of work to do. They continue to work with Representative Tim Murphy (a psychologist) on his Seriously Mentally Ill bill, along with getting his support on changes APAPO advocates for.
  • Legal and Regulatory Affairs (LRA) continues to do some impressive work on behalf of psychologists. For instance, they challenged the Missouri Medicaid Agency which was trying to impose additional and unprecedented training requirements on psychologists who provide services falling under the Health Behavior and Assessment Intervention Codes (also known as H&B codes), including those for group (code 96153). They also worked with Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) and other BCBS companies on risk adjustments audits, which they expect to increase when they are required in November 2015 (due to the Affordable Care Act).
  • LRA also asked that if any psychologist learns that clients can’t find a therapist in-network in their area, please let LRA know. They highlighted how provider reimbursement rates drive patient access to care. So if they can point to instances where providers are not available (potentially because of low reimbursement rates) then this helps their advocacy cause.
  • The State Leadership Conference Workgroup proposed a number of changes. A change that was considered, but was ultimately rejected, was for Presidents from Divisions that have Federal Advocacy Coordinators to not be invited. Fortunately, this was rejected and we will continue to be invited due to the benefits outweighing the costs.
  • There was continued discussion around the Council’s “Psychologists in Integrated Primary Care and Specialty Health Settings” item. If you are a group psychologist working in integrated primary care settings, please let us know! We’d love to have you offer some tips to other Society members about how to get involved in this growing field. Please email us at Div49group@gmail.com if you’d be willing to write an article in a future TGP or provide us with tips we can post on our Facebook page.
  • Two other large topics continue to be addressed by the CAPP Board; these include working on the Master’s Degree in Psychology and addressing the scope of practice of psychologists. On the latter of these, a Specialties Summit is being convened between the Council of Specialties, the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP), and the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB). For more details on these topics please read more in the summary provided by CAPP, below.