CPA Receives 5-Year Approval as APA CE Sponsor

Posted: October 3, 2019

In July, CPA submitted an application to continue its approval as an APA CE-sponsor and in late September received notice from the APA’s Office of Continuing Education Sponsor Approval (CESA) that the application had been approved after an extensive review process. This extends CPA’s status as an APA-approved CE sponsor for another 5 years.

Beginning in 2017, when CPA was originally approved to provide CE credits as an APA-approved sponsor, CPA has offered webinars and events with CE credit including: a full-day risk management workshop, a half-day ethics workshop, one-hour webinars on various topics with free CE for members, and more. We have also co-sponsored programs for CE credit including the annual Elevate the Conversation program highlighting suicide provention resources and sharing best practices on this important issue.

The CPA Programming Committee continues its work to provide substantive programs on relevant topics and is currently working on its 2020 education program line-up. If you have suggestions or are interested in providing a webinar, please contact [email protected] 

 

MSU Psyched to Work! 

Posted: October 4, 2019

The Department of Psychological Sciences and the Classroom to Career Hub at Metropolitan State University of Denver have partnered to create the Psyched to Work! (P2W!) shadowing experience. The P2W! shadowing experiences connect our students with local employers and graduate programs. The aim of this effort is to help students identify and pursue satisfying career paths.


If your organization is interested in hosting MSU Denver students for a shadowing experience, please complete the following survey. 
 
For more information: Host Guide
For questions, please contact Dr. Pam Ansburg at [email protected]
 

The October 2019 TCP is Now Available

Posted: October 1, 2019

Members of CPA - your October 2019 edition of The Colorado Psychologist is now available!

Inside October's Issue: 

1. Message from the President
2. CPA Calendar of Events
3. Message from the Editors
4. APA's Annual Convention: Why Bother?
5. Welcome New and Returning CPA Members
6. What's New at CPA
7. A Message from the Colorado Rep to APA COR
10. A Second Visit to the APA Annual Convention
17. Advertising Rates

 

Members: View October 2019 TCP Here
 

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 http://apaoutside.apa.org/PubIntCss/Public/ 

  • 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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