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2018 RISK MANAGEMENT INSTITUTE: JUNE 23

The 2018 Risk Management Institute, co-sponsored by the NCPA Division of Independent Professional Practice and the American Psychological Association Insurance Trust, will take place Saturday, June 23, from 9:00 am – 4:30 pm at the Friday Center in Chapel Hill. This institute is worth 6 Category ‘A’ CE credits and intended to meet the NC Psychology Board’s Ethical/Legal CE requirements for psychologists. In addition, individuals insured through the Trust-sponsored Professional Liability Program are eligible for a 15% discount on his/her Professional Liability Insurance for the next two years.

For the complete flyer & registration form, please click here.

To register online, please click here.

The registration deadline is 12:00 pm noon on Friday, June 15.

We look forward to seeing you on June 23!


STATEMENT OF APA IN RESPONSE TO TEXAS SCHOOL SHOOTING

Following is the statement of APA President Jessica Henderson Daniel, PhD, on the shooting at a high school in Santa Fe, Texas, that has left at least 10 dead:

“As our nation confronts yet another horrific school shooting, it is imperative that we not become inured to these tragedies. We must act as a society to make our schools safe and ensure that students and teachers do not live in fear that they could be next.

“Psychology and psychologists stand ready — once again — to offer those in distress the comfort, guidance and counseling they need to maintain resilience in the midst of such shock and profound grief.”  Continue reading.


APA NAMES CHIEF OF PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE

On Tuesday, May 8, the American Psychological Association announced Jared L. Skillings, Ph.D., ABPP, as the new chief of professional practice. He is responsible for promoting the practice of psychology and the availability of behavioral health services through federal and state legislative advocacy, legal and regulatory initiatives, and public education.

Skillings’ professional career includes leadership roles within large group practice settings and complex, integrated health systems. He joins APA after six years as chief of psychology for Spectrum Health System in Grand Rapids, Michigan, a $5.7 billion enterprise with more than 26,000 employees, 12 hospitals and 180 outpatient service locations. In his role at Spectrum, Skillings led behavioral health strategy; program and talent development, clinical access, quality and safety; financial management; and system integration. Under his leadership, the number of behavioral health providers increased from five to 58 (including 32 psychologists), and psychology was integrated into primary care and specialty services, including cardiology and surgery. Continue reading.


STATEMENT OF APA PRESIDENT IN RESPONSE TO FLORIDA HIGH SCHOOL SHOOTING

Following is the statement of APA President Jessica Henderson Daniel, Ph.D., on the shooting at a Florida high school that killed 17 and injured at least 14 others:

“Tragically, our nation is once again confronted with a school shooting, which has cut short all too many lives and forever affected so many others. We must take concerted action as a nation to ensure that our schools are once again safe havens for our children and youth. In this time of shock and grief, psychology and psychologists can offer those in distress the comfort, guidance and counseling they need to maintain resilience in the midst of such profound sorrow.”  Continue reading.


NEW YORK FIRST STATE TO REQUIRE MENTAL HEALTH EDUCATION IN SCHOOLS

When it comes to mental health, there’s still far too much miseducation and stigma around the issue – and those invisible barriers continue to create very real challenges for people when it comes to getting help. Fortunately, one state is enlightening its citizens by starting with kids. Beginning July 1, New York will become the first state to require mental health education be taught in all its schools.

Starting next September, the health curriculum for elementary, middle and high school students in New York will need to include a mental health component. According to Albany’s Times Union, local districts will be in charge of creating their own curriculum, but will receive oversight from the Mental Health Association of New York State, in conjunction with the New York State Department of Education. Continue reading.


APA SURVEY: MAJORITY OF AMERICANS STRESSED BY COST OF HEALTH INSURANCE

Two-thirds of U.S. adults (66 percent) cite the cost of health insurance as a stressor for themselves, their loved ones or in general, when asked about specific health issues that cause them stress. This stress about the cost of health insurance seems to affect Americans at all income levels.

In addition, more than six in 10 adults (63 percent) cite uncertainty about the future, both with their own health and that of others, as a source of stress. Insurance costs and looming uncertainty about the future are just two of the numerous causes of stress surrounding health, according to the American Psychological Association’s report, “Stress in America™: Uncertainty About Health Care,” released on January 24 and based on data from the annual Stress in America™ survey, conducted online by The Harris Poll. Continue reading.


APA RELEASES NEW JOURNAL ARTICLE REPORTING STANDARDS

As part of its promotion of greater transparency and the assessment of rigor in psychological science, the American Psychological Association has released new Journal Article Reporting Standards (JARS) for researchers seeking to publish in scholarly journals.

One set of standards applies to quantitative research and is an expansion of standards first issued in 2008. This set focuses on enhancing reproducibility. The second set applies to qualitative research and is new, created in response to the increasing application of these methodologies. These standards aim to enhance the assessment of methodological integrity. Both are available via open access.

“The growth of qualitative methods in psychology is impressive, and important,” according to Anne E. Kazak, Ph.D., editor of APA flagship journal, American Psychologist®, which published the standards in its January issue. She cited a dramatic increase in the number of articles with the word “qualitative” in the title or as a keyword in APA’s PsycNET database, which includes PsycINFO.  Continue reading.


APA CALLS FOR CONSIDERATION OF BEST SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE BY CDC, HHS

In the wake of news reports about Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other Health and Human Services employees being “banned” from using certain words, the American Psychological Association welcomed statements today by the CDC director indicating the agency remains committed to its public health mission and will continue to base its policies on the best available scientific evidence.

“We in the science community urge the administration to support evidence-based government programs, particularly those that focus on improving life for the most vulnerable Americans, including transgender people, who have some of the highest rates of suicide in the nation. The ability to discuss scientific research and the ways it affects individuals and populations, including those who are marginalized, is necessary to keeping our nation healthy and safe,” said APA CEO Arthur C Evans Jr. “Limiting discussion of these populations will not make them go away, nor will it lessen the need for public health programs and scientific research.”   Continue reading.


URGENT – APA/APAPO LEGISLATIVE ACTION ALERT

Early Saturday morning the Senate voted to pass major tax reform legislation by a vote of 51-49.  Congress is now beginning conference committee work to resolve differences between the House and Senate versions, with a goal of passing a final version of the legislation within days.

The bills include provisions that APA and APAPO strongly oppose because of their adverse effect on both psychologists and consumer access to mental health and substance use treatment.  The Senate bill would repeal the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) individual mandate and cut Medicare spending by 4% each year for the next ten years, starting with a cut of roughly $25 billion in 2018.  The Congressional Budget Office projects that eliminating the ACA’s requirement that most individuals obtain health insurance would cause average premiums in the individual market to jump 10%, resulting in the loss of coverage for millions of Americans.  The cuts to Medicare are the results of the bill’s increase to the federal deficit, which triggers automatic budget constraints established under the Pay-As-You-Go Act of 2010 (PAYGO).  Continue reading and take action.


NC MEDICAID UPDATE

On November 20, the NC Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) submitted an amendment to the 1115 demonstration waiver application originally submitted in June 2016. This amendment is the next step in the transformation of North Carolina Medicaid and NC Health Choice programs to managed care.  DHHS notes it has worked with stakeholders and experts to refine program design and its implementation approach, including seeking public feedback during dozens of listening sessions held across North Carolina.

NC Amended Section 1115 Demonstration Waiver Application – Nov. 20, 2017

1115 Amended Waiver Application Fact Sheet – Nov. 20, 2017


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