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A national health care fraud takedown in the second half of 2016 resulted in criminal and civil charges against the most providers and largest amount of alleged fraudulent billing in Medicare history.
In June, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced an unprecedented sweep led by the Medicare Fraud Strike Force charging 300 defendants with approximately $900 million in alleged false billing.
The charges involved home health care, physical and occupational therapy, durable medical equipment, prescription drugs and psychotherapy.
The takedown was possible because of the Health Care Fraud Prevention and Enforcement Action Team (HEAT), a joint program between the Department of Justice and HHS that began in 2009.
The Affordable Care Act provides $350 million for health care fraud …
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- CMS Wrongfully Denying Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) Incentives
- Affordable Care Act (ACA) constantly changing & revised
The American Psychiatric Association released revised guidelines in May for the limited “judicious use” of antipsychotic drugs to treat agitation or psychosis in patients with dementia. A statement announcing the new recommendations pointed out that they are evidence-based and should be just one part of a comprehensive treatment plan. “…Clinical trials show little benefit from […]Federal Court Upholds New York SAFE Act
New York’s three-year-old gun-control SAFE Act, which requires psychologists and other mental health workers to report clients they feel are a danger to themselves or others, has been ruled constitutional by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan. The court found the SAFE Act as well as a similar law enacted in Connecticut […]The making of a black psychologist: A personal perspective
As I look back on my life, growing up as a little black boy in the 1950s, in the sweltering heat of the segregated state of Alabama, many things are vivid in my memory. Because of all the injustices I’ve experienced, my psyche has been negatively affected. Many black people who have gone through similar […]Colleague assistance programs growing
Since 1980 the American Psychological Association (APA) has acknowledged the existence of distressed and impaired psychologists and the need to provide adequate and appropriate assistance. Today assistance is active in many states through colleagues assistance programs (CAPs) of State, Provincial and Territorial Psychological Associations (SPTAs, APA Division 31).
From the Latest Issue...Ethical Considerations for Psychologists in Hospital Settings
Increasingly, the delivery of health care is moving toward an integrated model, with psychologists practicing within medical clinics as part of multidisciplinary teams that holistically look at patient issues and work together to provide innovative treatments.
However, psychologists in hospital settings face unique ethical challenges, such as obtaining informed consent in a fast-paced environment, maintaining confidentiality with multidisciplinary teams and providing specialty training supervision.
Obtaining informed consent and discussing …Mental Health Providers: Their Negative View of Marketing and Self-Promotion
Recently, a board member of a state counseling association to which I was about to present a day-long seminar on practice management and marketing said she was uncomfortable with “advertising” my books and with my “attitude of self-promotion.” If I am guilty of “advertising” and “self-promotion,” so be it. I am not ashamed.
The mindset of many mental health providers, most especially my fellow psychologists, is that we are …Consider Risks when Contracting with Businesses Offering Online Psychotherapy
Businesses offering online psychotherapy have been growing in recent years. For clients, they promise easy connection with an array of psychotherapists, efficiency, convenience and pay-as-you-go service (e.g., through a credit card). For private practice mental health providers, these businesses offer the potential to fill open time, grow one’s practice, widen the reach of the provider’s referral base and move more fully into technology-based treatments.
The models vary (e.g., Breakthrough, Doctor on …Psychological Services Offered in Chronic Pain Management
Psychological services have become an integral component of chronic pain treatment in most treatment settings. As an early career psychologist, this is what you need to know about practicing in a multidisciplinary pain management clinic.
There are several reasons a patient with chronic pain could be referred to a psychologist. The International Association for the Study of Pain defines pain as an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience …Patients & Psychologists Need a Break from Technology
For years I have been reading, talking to professionals and studying how technology impacts the brain. From what I have gleaned I offer several suggestions to take back control for mental health professionals and their clients.
Reset Your Brain Often
There is ample evidence that technology and our busy lives overly stimulate our brains. There is also evidence that certain activities calm our brains. Attention Restoration …Researchers Outline Trends in Integrated Care
Indianapolis – The increased integration of medical and behavioral health care is creating growing opportunities for mental health practitioners to provide therapy for medical patients and their families, two professors said at the 2016 Annual Conference of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT).
About 100 attendees were at a workshop where Jennifer Hodgson, Ph.D., LMFT, and Angela Lamson, Ph.D., LMFT, from East Carolina University’s Medical …