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APA Chief Executive Officer Norman B. Anderson, PhD, and APA Executive Director for Professional Practice Katherine C. Nordal, PhD, urged inclusion of clinical psychologists as participants in Medicare Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) in a June letter to the Department of Health and Human Services (PDF, 265KB).
The APA Practice Directorate collaborated with the Massachusetts Psychological Association (MPA) and Massachusetts Neuropsychological Society (MNS) to confront changes in neuropsychological benefits management by Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Massachusetts (BCBSMA) that impede access to medically necessary care for subscribers.
The Practice Directorate secured swift action from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) following the directorate’s call for the federal agency to correct misinformation in a CMS publication about mental health service delivery.
For the 14th year, the APA Practice Directorate co-hosted the VA Psychology Leadership Conference. The 2011 conference brought together more than 200 Department of Veterans Affairs psychology leaders to share best practices and promote leadership opportunities.
In recognition of Mental Health Month in May, the APA Practice Directorate hosted a Mental Health Blog Day Party and Facebook chats in May and June on anxiety, supporting loved ones in an effort to improve their mental health and workplace stress.
Psychology and business came together at the 2011 Psychologically Healthy Workplace Conference, with business leaders and psychologists sharing research and best practices of developing workplaces that not only benefit employee well-being but also the organization’s bottom line.
Public Interest Directorate
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The APA Public Interest Directorate fulfills APA's commitment to apply the science and practice of psychology to the fundamental problems of human welfare and the promotion of equitable and just treatment of all segments of society through education, training, and public policy. Public Interest would like to share its monthly newsletter with you. If you would like to join this mailing list, email Tina Wolridge. Keep in mind that you can unsubscribe at any time.
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The Coalition for Schools and Education met from June 3-5 to discuss new and ongoing projects and initiatives to promote the psychology of teaching and learning. One project, currently in its final stage, is an online video module aimed at new teachers and teachers-in-training on strategies to combat and prevent stress during the first few years of their new career . Projects in-the-works include a new module on Creativity in the Classroom, an article on Social-Emotional Learning and a still evolving project that will examine teaming and multidisciplinary work amongst school professionals. Another topic of discussion was the opportunity for Coalition members to contribute content via articles, blogs and newsletters to ASCD’s Whole Child Initiative website, as part of an ongoing effort to increase visibility of the Coalition’s projects to the k-12 audience. Divisions represented at the June meeting included 7,8,10,13,15, 27 and 37. The Coalition will meet again in December 2011. For more information about the Coalition, please contact Ashley Edmiston.