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Statement of APA President in Response to President’s Executive Order to Override State Health Insurance Protections, Affordable Care Act Rules

Read the statement by Antonio E. Puente, PhD, president of the American Psychological Association, in response to the president’s executive order to allow trade associations and other groups to offer their own health plans, threatening to destabilize the Affordable Care Act markets HERE.

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APA Offers Resources for Coping with Mass Shootings, Understanding Gun Violence

Constant news reports about the shooting in Las Vegas can cause stress and anxiety for people, leaving them with questions about the causes of and solutions to gun violence. Resources on the American Psychological Association’s website can help people with both issues.
Click HERE for more information including links and advice on how to talk to kids, call for public health approach to gun problems

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Thanks to those who attended NPA's "ECP Meet & Greet" last Friday in Lincoln! We had a great turnout with a dynamic conversation discussing initial planning and organization NPA's new ECP Committee! We will be sending out a re-cap of the discussion with plans to contiune the dialog at the next meeting on October 27th. Save the date and make plans to join us!

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Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program Approaching 10 Year Anniversary

The PSLF is approaching its ten year anniversary - and its first cohort of people eligible for loan forgiveness.  The current proposed budget cuts the program altogether. Get more information HERE. If you have ever considered using this program, consider giving your representative a call. Find your representative here: https://www.house.gov/representatives/find/

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BHECN's Webinar Series

The Schizophrenia Spectrum: Science and Practice

October 19th, 2 – 4 pm


Presenter: Dr. Will Spaulding, Co-author of the Schizophrenia Spectrum and Professor of Psychology at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Join BHECN for a free webinar that includes two presentations by Dr. Will Spaulding. Dr. Spaulding will cover the basic understanding of the  schizophrenia spectrum in the first presentation, and what are the important individual differences within the schizophrenia spectrum in the second presentation. Click HERE for more information.

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Congratulations former NPA APAGS!

Congratulations to former NPA APAGS Representatives Alayna Schreier (second from left) and Heath Hodges (far right) — UNL August 2017 Psychology PhD grads!!

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2018 Medicare Fee Schedule Update

On July 21, 2017, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the proposed rule on the 2018 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule which, if adopted as proposed, will bring some positive changes for psychologists in 2018. Read MORE

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Wellcare Nebraska Medicaid Update

As of July 23, 2017, prior authorization is no longer required for the member’s 9000 series codes. If you need to determine which codes require authorization, you can reference the Authorization Lookup Tool for PAR providers on wellcare.com.
 
Although the date of the Wellcare Nebraska Medicaid – Quick Reference Guide is January, 2017, when you click on the Authorization Lookup Tool link within the document, you can enter any CPT code and find out if it requires pre-authorization.  That part has changed and it now says the therapy codes don’t require preauthorization. If you have any questions, please call Wellcare Health Plans, Inc. at 813-206-7632

Although no formal notification has been received as of yet, Nebraska Total Care also is not requiring pre-authorizations for therapy codes as of July 23rd, 2017.

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If you have not yet renewed your membership, make sure you do so today! It's simple… just log in to your member profile, click on "View Profile", then "Renew".

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Support the NPA each time you register for a Trust Ethics and Risk Management Webinar
You now have yet another way to earn continuing education credits, become eligible for a 15% savings on Trust Sponsored Professional Liability Insurance premiums for two renewals, and support the Nebraska Psychological Association simply by attending one of the featured
Trust's Ethics and Risk Management CE Webinars.  Simply enter the promotion code TRUST-NE. Watch for more information from The Trust coming soon!
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APA Practice Organization Legislative Action Center




Friday, Oct 20th

Scott Conference Center Omaha, NE


NPA Fall Conference: "Legal and Ethical Risks and Risk Management in Professional Psychological Practice Sequence VII: Working with Couples and Families, Risk Management with the Suicidal  Patient, and Legal and Ethical Issues presented by Retirement"


Presenter
Daniel O. Taube, J.D., Ph.D. 
Click HERE for more information and registration.

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Check out our most recent RxP video "Prescribing Psychologists Meet the Need Part Two".

Click HERE for info on Prescriptive Authority efforts in Nebraska.

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 Heritage Health Behavioral Health Integration Advisory Committee

NPA is currently participating with the Heritage Health Behavioral Health Integration Advisory Committee. Heritage Health (HH) is a  health care delivery system that combines Nebraska’s current physical health, behavioral health, and pharmacy programs into a single comprehensive and coordinated system for Nebraska’s Medicaid and CHIP clients.. NPA Members CLICK HERE for more information on NPA's participation with the Advisory Committee!

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