Course Description: The Vermont Psychological Association Presents: Ethics and Risk Management in the Age of The Affordable Care Act: Everything You Didn’t Want to Know and Were Afraid to Ask Presenter: Daniel O. Taube, J.D., Ph.D. The American Psychological Association Insurance Trust, Washington, DC *Earn 6 Continuing Education Credits in Ethics & Eligibility to Receive A 15% Discount on Trust Sponsored Professional Liability Policy premium VT Board of Psychological Examiners and APA Approved Six (6) Continuing Education Ethics Credits Who Should Attend: Psychologists, mental health counselors, social workers, & other mental health professionals. Friday, March 13, 2015 8:30 a.m. – 3:15 p.m. Registration: 8:15 a.m. Capitol Plaza Hotel Montpelier, Vermont Directions to Capitol Plaza: I-89 to Exit 8. At 2nd light, turn left (over bridge). Turn right at light onto State Street. The Capitol Plaza is on your right down the street. Complimentary parking permits are issued at the registration table for public & hotel parking behind the hotel. Workshop Sequence VI diverges from our typical approach to risk management training. Rather than focusing primarily on specific risk issues in psychological practice and strategies that minimize them, this workshop will focus on ethical and risk management issues as they relate to the broader changes in psychological practice that we and other observers believe are and will be generated by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Depending on how successfully health care reform is implemented, the changes to psychological practice are likely to be profound, particularly for those psychologists in third party reimbursed private practices. We have already been buffeted by the industrialization and external management of the health care industry that has reduced both income and job satisfaction while increasing the administrative burdens of our work. The ACA is aimed at increasing efficiency and efficacy in an attempt to reward results rather than procedures through more integrated medical homes that will control decisions about care. There is some good news here. There seems to be a real understanding that mental health and physical health are intimately related and that treating them as separate “silos” results in greater costs and less effective service. Health care insurance will be available to many new patients, many of whom are poor and disadvantaged and many of whom will have substantial mental health needs. But this reorganization will require major changes in traditional methods and business plans of private practitioners, and we believe it is crucial for all psychologists to begin to plan for this change. So this workshop will attempt to describe the changes we and other observers see coming and some preliminary thoughts about strategies for dealing with these changes. Our problem is that while we are pretty sure these changes will take place, and they will not be sudden, no one can predict how soon they will occur and the exact shape they will take. But good risk management requires facing these trends knowledgably and beginning to develop adaptive strategies. In addition, this workshop will provide an updated focus on the changes in practice that will result from the digital information revolution. The ACA will require practitioners to digitize their records with interactive capacities so that care can be more effectively coordinated. More patients will want to communicate electronically, and there will be a great expansion of telepsychological services, both direct and adjunctive. There will need to be changes in the ethics code and other regulations to separate private from professional activities, to allow different methods of marketing and practice promotion, and to deal with the complex issues presented by interjurisdictional practice. This workshop will provide what we hope will be a beginning conversation about a process that will be with us for a number of years–changes which present dangers and opportunities for the profession of psychology. Presenter: Daniel O. Taube earned his J.D. from Villanova University in 1985 and his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Hahnemann University in 1987, as a member of the Hahnemann/ Villanova Joint Psychology and Law Graduate Program. He is a Full Professor at the California School of Professional Psychology, San Francisco at Alliant International University, past Psy.D. Program Director, founder and coordinator of the Forensic Family Child/Track and member of the Child/Family Track. His areas of professional focus include ethical and legal issues in professional practice, child protection, addictions, and disability and parenting. In addition to his teaching and research interests, he has been in private practice for 23 years, has served on the APA Ethics Appeals Panel for the past 20 years, and taught graduate and professional level courses on ethical and legal issues in professional practice for 25 years. Dr. Taube regularly consults with a wide range of practitioners and community agencies regarding standards of practice and ethical concerns. Continuing Education Credits: The Vermont Psychological Association is approved by: The American Psychological Association and The Vermont Board of Psychological Examiners to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. VPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content. CE Certificates for six (6) continuing education credits will be awarded to participants who attend the entire workshop and complete the evaluation form. Partial credits will not be awarded. Late arrival or early departure will preclude receipt of a certificate. Registration/Refund Policy: Registrations after March 6 require an additional $20 fee and are on a space available basis only. No refunds will be offered for this program. Eligibility for Insurance Premium Discounts Workshop completion earns 6 Ethics CE credits and eligibility to receive a 15% premium discount on your Trust Sponsored Professional Liability Insurance for your next 2 consecutive policy periods. To obtain CE discounts, submit CE certification from an organization approved by APA to offer CE credit (must have been completed within the previous 15 months) with the insurance application. Discounts cannot be combined and are not applicable to Researcher/Academician or Student policies. Group policies become eligible for the CE discount when at least 50% of those insured under the group policy submit CE certification. All applications are individually underwritten and submission of CE certification will not guarantee insurance policy issuance or renewal. Registration/Refund Policy: Registrations after March 6, 2015 require an additional $20 fee and are on a space available basis only. No refunds will be offered for this program. VPA Office: 802-229-5447 Registration Form- March 13, 2015 (We do not mail a confirmation of registration.) ___ Please check if vegetarian. ___ VPA Member $145 Workshop Objectives: ___ Student Member (full-time) $105 • Summarize the basic principles of The Trust’s Risk Management Strategy • Identify three major changes in the organization and delivery of healthcare services that will impact psychological practice • Develop a strategy for transitioning to and working with electronic health record systems • Develop documentation strategies for interacting with medical homes and other medical healthcare delivery systems • Describe three boundary implications of technology and steps to address them • Summarize the structure through which DHHS is increasing its HIPAA enforcement processes and their implications for practitioners • Name four issues which psychologists must address in the process of planning for retirement ___ Non-Member $195 ___ Student Non-Member (full-time) $125 Note: Student attendees must send copy of student ID. Schedule 8:15 8:30 10:00 10:10 12:00 12:40 2:00 2:10 3:15 Registration & Continental Breakfast Introduction and Program Break Program Hot Catered Lunch Program Break Program Collection of evaluations and awarding of CE certificates Name: Degree: Profession: Address: Phone: Email: Please make check payable to: VPA And Mail to: P.O. Box 1017, Montpelier, VT 05601-1017.
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