Preparing and positioning psychologists for health care reform implementation

The APA Practice Organization continued advocating for fair and appropriate reimbursement for psychological services.

The APA Practice Organization (APAPO) continued advocacy efforts with Congress and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to secure fair reimbursement for psychological services. Under the current Medicare payment formula, psychologists are penalized by a system that increasingly favors services involving higher costs for equipment and supplies. 

APAPO lobbyists and staff met with top CMS officials and submitted formal comments to the federal agency about problems with Medicare payment to psychologists. Responding to invitations from House and Senate committees considering Medicare payment reform, staff provided extensive input to congressional deliberations.

As part of the 2013 State Leadership Conference in March, APAPO hosted a record-setting 330 Capitol Hill visits, connecting psychologists with their congressional representatives to discuss Medicare payment reform.

Through its Good Practice magazine and the PracticeUpdate email newsletter, APAPO provided practitioners with information and updates about health insurance exchanges created under the Affordable Care Act, including how they are intended to operate and what issues they may raise for psychologists.