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From the Executive Officer’s Desk—Health Care and the Profit Motive: Can Big Capitalists be Right?

In recent weeks we have heard news that three corporate titans of America, Jeff Bezos, Warren Buffet, and Jamie Dimon, have banded together to form a healthcare company that is “free of the profit motive” to serve, at least initially, the hundreds of thousands of individuals employed by Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, and JPMorgan Chase. While this may sound a bit surprising coming from three of the most successful capitalists in the world, the idea has merit. Details of the endeavor are understandably lacking, but in the absence of those details we can speculate about what a healthcare system free of a profit motive might look like.

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Apply for a Free Registration to the 2018 CPA Convention

We are proud to be a sponsor of the 2018 California Psychological Association Convention in La Jolla, CA, on April 26–29. As part of our sponsorship, we are able to award three free convention registrations to deserving psychology doctoral students or postdoctoral trainees.

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Hushmail for Healthcare

The National Register has partnered with Hushmail. Registrants get a 15% lifetime discount on the use of Hushmail for Healthcare, a secure, HIPAA-compliant email service that enables psychologists to send and receive private, encrypted emails and attachments to clients, insurance companies, colleagues and others.

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From the Executive Officer’s Desk—On the Ethics of Clinical Data Collection: Are Data Informative or Transformative?

All psychologists who do third party billing, and particularly those who work with electronic health records, provide, whether they know it or not, a steady stream of patient related data to an unseen army of analysts. Every coded encounter gets swept up and tossed into an analytic mill, where insurors, actuaries, and others chart healthcare engagement, costs, outcomes, and a myriad of other factors. Psychologists who work in most healthcare delivery settings, and even independent practitioners, are increasingly bound to the Promethean rock by two adamantine chains: electronic health records and outcomes data.

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