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PPA works with the Practice Organization of the American Psychological Association on federal issues related to the practice of psychology, such as ensuring fair reimbursement under the Medicare program.

 

Medicare Mental Health Access Act - Include Psychologists in Medicare's "Physician" Definition

By adding psychologists to Medicare’s “physician” definition, this legislation would allow psychologists to practice independently in all Medicare treatment settings consistent with state licensure. The Medicare physician definition already includes other non-physician disciplines: chiropractors, optometrists, dentists and podiatrists. In many cases, psychologists must have potential Medicare clients wait for physician sign-off before providing treatment, which disrupts the provision of effective, timely care.


Make psychologists eligible for incentive payments for the use of electronic health records

The Behavioral Health Information Technology (BHIT) Act would allow psychologists and other mental health professionals to receive Medicare incentive payments for the use of electronic health records (EHRs). 

 

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