APA directorate updates

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Updates from the Practice Directorate

For more information, contact Heather Miliman. 

Sept. 23, 2013, HIPAA compliance deadline
The APA Practice Organization (APAPO) created a new resource free to APAPO members that provides guidance and privacy notice updates for psychologists. Psychologists covered by HIPAA must implement changes required by the HIPAA Final Rule by Sept. 23, 2013. 

Bipartisan Behavioral Health Information Technology (BHIT) Act introduced
On Aug. 1, bipartisan legislation was introduced in the House of Representatives to make psychologists eligible under the HITECH Act for Medicare and Medicaid incentive payments to integrate electronic health records into their practices. More information about legislative and grassroots advocacy efforts is available in the Aug. 29 issue of APAPO’s PracticeUpdate e-newsletter. 

APAPO encourages support of Medicare physician definition legislation
The APA Practice Organization is working to gain cosponsors for Medicare physician definition legislation introduced in late May in the Senate by Senator Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio and in the House by Rep. Janice Schakowsky, D-Ill. APAPO is encouraging psychologists to use hashtag #psychaccess and Sen. Brown’s Twitter handle, @SenSherrodBrown to show continued support on social media for the Senate bill.

The APA Practice Directorate is working with YMCA of the USA to develop educational resources to help 18,000 full-time Y staff and 49,000 summer employees who work with youth identify the signs of depression and other mental health problems in young people. On June 27, APA launched the initiative with a webinar for Y staff entitled, “How to Tell When a Kid is Struggling Emotionally.” This initiative is an extension of APA’s work with the Y through APA’s Mind Body Health Public Education Campaign (PEC).

Updates from the Education Directorate

For more information, contact Hunter Clary.

Education Directorate invites comments on report
The report of the Board of Educational Affairs (BEA) Working Group on Strengthening the Common Core of the Introductory Psychology Course examines the content frequently taught in the Introductory Psychology course. Comments on the report (draft, August 2013) should be submitted via the Education Directorate comment website by Nov. 18, 2013. 

Psychology Department Program
Enhance teaching and learning in your psychology department through the APA Psychology Department Program, designed to provide undergraduate psychology programs and departments with low-cost access to APA publicaionts and resources.

Updates from the Public Interest Directorate

For more information, contact Gwendolyn Wolridge.

Girls Talk: The Sexualization of Girls
The Public Interest Directorate released a new video, “Girls Talk: Sexualization of Girls,” which shows the reactions and commentary of six middle school girls towards various forms of media, pop culture and people who are associated with or directly influenced by over-sexualization of girls. Please watch this video and share it with others.