APA President, and policy wonk, Tony Puente on new CPT codes, opportunities

APA President, and policy wonk, Tony Puente on new CPT codes, opportunities

President of Am. Psychological Association, and policy wonk, Tony Puente, Ph.D., posts a podcast about important national health policy issues and opportunities.  It is the second podcast in a new program, Progress Notes: Keeping Tabs on the Practice of Psychology, produced by APA.

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Patient access to medical progress notes improves self care: implications for mental health?

Patient access to medical progress notes improves self care: implications for mental health?

OpenNotes: Patient engagement with low physician hassle discusses evidence emerging that the OpenNotes pilot project, which enables patients to see their physicians progress notes in their medical record, is finding positive results. Physicians had been concerned that having progress notes available to patients would result in longer appointments, more documentation time and increased patient anxiety about what they read, but this is mostly not the case.

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International group begins work on alternative to DSM system

International group begins work on alternative to DSM system

Researchers proposed new diagnostic model for psychiatric disorders” reports on the work of a consortium of 50 psychologists and psychologists around the world who are developing a new diagnostic model to replace the DSM 5.  They view the SM five as “far too conservative” and as failing to “recognize and incorporate important scientific evidence.”

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Should you change your clinical documentation for people at risk for deportation?

Should you change your clinical documentation for people at risk for deportation?

From the blog Statnews.com, “Why I’ve learning to leave blank spots in some patients’ medical records,” posted 3-6-17.  This article reviews potential problems that medical documentation can cause for undocumented people.   To cut to the chase: HIPPA protects patient health information, but it is “not an unconditional legal shield” if you are working undocumented people who may be subject to deportation.

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APA Endorses the March for Science

APA Endorses the March for Science

The American Psychological Association, along with many other scientific professional organizations, has endorsed the March. APA’s statement includes:

“The American Psychological Association stands in support of the mission, principles and goals of the march.”

According to the national March for Science website, there are a total of 6 “satellite” marches in MN:   According to the local site, over 6,000 people plan to attend so far, and they even have local shirts, but only available for order by mail until March 13.

PCPs still screen for depression at a very low (

PCPs still screen for depression at a very low (<5%) rate

ScienceBlog posted “Depression Screening Rates in Primary Care Remain Low” on 2-20-17.  This article reviews the results of a study that found that, in spite of efforts to increase depression screening in PCP offices, less than 5% of adult patients are actually screened.

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