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Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity Invitation

Beginning Monday, September 16, the Committee on Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity invites APA boards and committees to review and provide comments on the following revised policy resolutions by Tuesday, October 15.  They are located at 

  • Resolution on Supporting Sexual/Gender Diverse Children and Adolescents in Schools 
  • Resolution on Opposing Discriminatory Laws, Policies, and Practices Aimed at LGBTQ+ Persons
  • Resolution on Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity (SOGI), Parents and their Children

Proposed Rule Offers Better Medicare Reimbursement for Psychologists

Posted: September 2, 2019

Practicing psychologists who help Medicare patients cope with or manage a physical health condition should see an increase in their 2020 payments for these services when billing health and behavior assessment and intervention (H&B) CPT codes.

In a proposal released July 29, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) indicated that the agency has accepted recommendations presented by APA Services to increase the relative value units (RVUs) for H&B services. The proposal would raise reimbursement rates for H&B services to a level that is comparable to payments for psychotherapy services.

This rate increase and other proposed payment policy and billing changes for health care services are included in the agency’s 2020 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule.

In addition to increased values for H&B services, CMS has proposed: 

  • Replacing the existing CPT® codes (96150-96155) for H&B services with new codes and updated descriptors.
  • Using a single, nontimed code to report H&B assessment (similar to CPT code 90791; Psychiatric diagnostic evaluation).
  • Making structural changes to codes that describe the primary or base service, and add-on codes to describe additional work and time beyond the primary/base service.
  • Increasing the units of time for reporting the base codes from 15 minutes to 30 minutes.

CMS will announce final changes to 2020 values and CPT codes when it releases the physician fee schedule final rule in November. Implementation of the new codes and values will begin Jan. 1, 2020.

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APA Fellows Committee Call for Nominations 

Posted: September 2, 2019 

 The APA Fellows Committee seeks nominations for two new members for a three-year term beginning January 1, 2020. The Fellows Committee is charged with the review of nominations for APA Fellows and will report their recommendations on each nomination to the Board of Directors through the Membership Board. The Fellows Committee reports to the APA Council through the Membership Board. 

Nominees to the Fellows Committee must be available to meet once annually, for two days at the APA Annual Convention, and virtually several times a year during their term on the committee. Nominees must have a computer that will allow for conducting work virtually to review Fellow applications and participating in teleconferences. Expenses for the annual meeting (transportation and 2 hotel nights) will be covered or reimbursed by APA. 

Members of the committee must be APA Fellows, shall not serve on a Division Fellows Committee, nor endorse initial APA Fellow candidates, during their term on the Fellows Committee. 

The Fellows Committee is seeking nominees from the following area: 

Slate 1: Applied, Policy, or Advocacy (ex. I&O, Clinical) 

Slate 2: Multicultural and Diversity 

The Fellows Committee strongly encourages applications from fellows in science, academia, and those with racial or ethnic minority identities. 

APA is engaged in a process of transformation, placing a much greater emphasis on making an impact that clearly benefits society and improves lives. In February 2019, the Council of Representatives adopted a new strategic plan that sets APA’s organizational priorities for the next three to five years. Going forward, boards and committees will work in an integrated, collaborative, and multi-disciplinary manner since no single board or committee can achieve any of the plan’s objectives on their own. Given the importance of this approach to the Association’s strategic priorities, APA encourages nominees to Fellows Committee to review the strategic plan to become familiar with the larger context in which their expertise and interests will contribute to APA’s success. 

Nominations must be submitted in a single document to include a statement of interest and a current vita. Self-nominations are welcome. Send nominations and supporting material to Sonja Wiggins, Fellows Committee Liaison, at [email protected]. The deadline for receipt of all nominations is September 10, 2019. 


One APA: United for Advocacy Webinar

Posted: August 29, 2019


Please join us for a free online 1 hour CE webinar One APA:  United for Advocacy. 

This webinar will occur on Monday, September 9th at 6pm EDT/5pm CDT/4pm MDT/3pm PDT

The webinar features a panel discussion led by Dr. Jennifer F. Kelly and featuring Sharon Berry, PhD, ABPP, Kurt F. Geisinger, PhD, Amber Hewitt, PhD, Katherine Nordal, PhD, and Gregory Pennington, PhD. 

The panel will discuss the new transition to integrated advocacy in APA.   

Please email [email protected] to register and receive webinar link. 

Thank you to the University of Denver Graduate School of Professional Psychology and Dr Kim Gorgens for coordinating CEs for the webinars in this series!


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Posted: February 8, 2019

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