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Welcome! The Connecticut Psychological Association, as the voice of psychology in our state, welcomes members, students, consumers, and visitors to our Association and its website. CPA’s mission is to further the development and usefulness of psychology as a science, as a profession, and as a means of promoting human welfare.

Founded in 1963 as a successor to the worthy traditions of the Connecticut Valley Association of Psychologists and the Connecticut State Psychological Society, the Connecticut Psychological Association is the Connecticut affiliate of the American Psychological Association.

Announcements

APAPO Government Relations is continuing to work to gain cosponsors on the Medicare Mental Health Access Act (S. 1064 / H.R. 794), legislation to end Medicare’s unnecessary requirement that psychologists’ services be supervised by a physician when they work in treatment facilities such as partial hospitalization programs, hospital outpatient departments, comprehensive outpatient rehabilitation facilities, and home health programs, among others.  The legislation would accomplish this by adding psychologists to Medicare’s list of professionals defined as “physicians,” and thereby allowed to practice independently; chiropractors, dentists, podiatrists, and optometrists are already on this list. More Here.
Practitioners should continue using ICD-9-CM codes for billing purposes:  The ICD-9-CM is the only HIPAA-compliant coding system for billing purposes until Oct. 1, 2015.  See APA Practice update here.
Continuing Education (CE’s) will be Required for Psychologists as of October 1, 2014. Psychologists will soon be required to meet yearly continuing education requirements, joining every other mental health professional in the state with this requirement, and nearly every other state in the nation. The law will go into effect on October 1, 2014. See Legislative Page for more information.

 

From the Leadership

  • Negligence Claims for Breach of Patient Privacy Not Preempted by HIPAA- see story here.
  • APA’s Response to James Risen’s book, Pay Any Price: Greed, Power, and Endless War. APA’s response “provides important context … and corrects many false assumptions Risen made in his writing” says Nadine Kaslow, PhD, ABPP, APA President.
  • Anthem & Inovalon Audit:  APAPO suggests that members hold off on responding to Inovalon audit requests until they have more information:  see Press Release.
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