ACO Newsletter

A recent blog post from the Commonwealth Fund (available in this month’s newsletter) starts with the now-hackneyed adage about Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), “Like unicorns, they are supposedly beautiful things, but no one has ever seen one.” As the article points out, these unicorns are slowly materializing, and if they aren’t as beautiful as idealized, they’re not the Gorgons that some had feared.  Read More




The Commonwealth Fund Blog Highlights Promising Medicaid ACO Programs 

In 2012 Oregon launched its statewide Coordinated Care Organization (CCO) program which, like Colorado’s program, created accountable care organizations that are responsible for most Medicaid beneficiaries in a fixed geographic area. These entities assume full financial risk and are responsible for managing beneficiaries’ physical, behavioral, and oral health needs. Recently released mid-year results show encouraging early evidence that the participating organizations are improving quality and lowering costs. Read More

Early Career Psychologists Blog About their Lessons Learned in the New National Register Practice Builder Blog

The National Register just launched the new Practice Builder Blog as a resource for members and doctoral students to find practical how-to information about professional development. Three early career psychologists discuss strategies learned from their experiences including how to minimize stress when searching for a job, tips for working in integrated primary care, and exploring the question, “You’re Finally a Psychologist! Now What?” Read More

Online Course to Integrate Substance Use Assessment in Health Care

Health care workers are using a new SAMHSA online course to learn how to identify substance misuse or abuse better among their patients. SAMHSA recently launched this new course based on a method called SBIRT(Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment), which walks practitioners through the process of assessing risky substance use, discussing health consequences, and referring patients to support and treatments. Read More

Six Brain Injury Websites to Bookmark

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month. The Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury features six brain injury websites to bookmark. The list includes the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center website, which provides educational materials and resources for providers. You can also access the CDC’s Heads Up to Brain Injury Awareness site where you can download mobile applications, information, and other resources about concussions in youth sports for coaches, parents, and providers. Read More

Course on Military Culture: Core Competencies for Healthcare Professionals

The Departments of Defense (DoD) and Veterans Affairs (VA) developed a new course to help health care professionals more effectively work with service members and veterans. Psychologists can receive eight CEs for the online course at no cost. Research has shown that health care professionals who are more aware of military culture have greater success in treating Service members and Veterans. In fact, Veterans often discontinue treatment when they believe that their healthcare provider does not understand military culture or lifestyle. Read More

Apply for the 2015 APA Achievement Award for Early Career Professionals

The APA’s Committee on Early Career Psychologists is pleased to announce the achievement award program for early career members from all areas of psychology (education, practice, public interest and science). The award allows recipients to attend the 2015 APA Annual Convention in Toronto, Canada, August 6-9 at the Toronto Convention Center. The deadline to apply is March 20, 2015. Read More

Mental Health Professionals Debate Use of Electronic Health Records (EHRs) Incentives

According to an article in iHealthBeat, a coalition of mental health professionals and advocates has asked Congress to approve financial incentives to help mental health providers adopt electronic health records. Under the 2009 economic stimulus package, providers who demonstrate meaningful use of certified EHRs can qualify for Medicaid and Medicare incentive payments. Currently, the program does not include Psychologists. Some mental health professionals and patient advocates say that EHR systems would allow providers to share patient information seamlessly. Read More

Create your Own Tables with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Data Archive

A new tool is available from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Data Archive (SAMHDA). The crosstab/frequency tool allows you to create your own tables and graphs using behavioral health data. Examples of data sets include Drug Abuse Treatment Outcome Studies, National Mental Health Service Surveys, and National Youth Survey Series. To create tables and graphs, select your variables and click the submit button. Read More

CMS Web-Based Training Course, “Diagnosis Coding: Using the ICD-10-CM”

The “Diagnosis Coding: Using the ICD-10-CM” Web-Based Training Course (WBT) is now available from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The WBT is designed to provide education on the International Classification of Diseases, 10th Edition, Clinical Modification/Procedure Coding System (ICD-10-CM/PCS). It includes implementation guidance, information on the new ICD-10-CM classification system, and coding examples. To access the WBT, click on the Read More link, scroll to “Related Links” at the bottom of the web page, and click on “Web-Based Training Courses.” Read More

Participate in the Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network

The Department of Health and Human Services has launched the Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network to increase the adoption of value-based payments and alternative payment models. All payers, providers, employers, states, and consumer groups are invited to participate. Participants will have the opportunity to join workgroups and learning sessions about increasing adoption of alternative payment models and other care delivery models. Most meetings of the Network will occur virtually by teleconference or webinar. Join the live-stream kickoff event on Wednesday, March 25, 2015. Read More 

Mental Health First Aid Training

Coordinated by the National Council for Behavioral Health, this eight-hour mental health first aid course teaches individuals how to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The training helps individuals identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. It also includes a five-step action plan. Read More

Five Point Plan to Improve the Nation’s Mental Health 

SAMHSA features five steps America could take that would greatly improve the existing overburdened mental health system and would help ensure delivery of effective, high quality, coordinated, and evidence-based care for Americans with mental illnesses. The plan includes increasing prevention, treatment, and recovery services, expanding the mental health workforce, and widening the use of health information technology. Read More

National Council for Behavioral Health Conference, April 20-22, 2015 in Orlando FL

The National Council for Behavioral Health Conference features speakers and educational sessions to include the following topic areas: Addictions and Co-Occurring Disorders, Clinical Practices, Health Care Integration, Trauma-Informed Care. The conference will be held in Orlando, FL on April 20-22, 2015. Read More

Pass It Along: Apply for National Register Scholarships & Awards


Credentialing Scholarships for Early Career Psychologists

These scholarships help ECPs (within ten years of award of doctoral degree) become credentialed as Health Service Psychologists by covering the cost of the credential review and registration fees. Deadline to apply is April 15, 2015. Click here for more info.

Credentialing Scholarships for Doctoral Students and Postdoc Trainees

These scholarships are presented to doctoral students in psychology interested in becoming credentialed by the National Register through its student program, the National Psychologist Trainee Register (NPTR). Deadline to apply is April 15, 2015. Click here for more info.

Alfred M. Wellner, PhD Lifetime Achievement Award

This award is named in honor of the NR's first Executive Officer, Alfred M. Wellner, PhD. This is the highest honor bestowed on a Registrant by the National Register to commemorate numerous and significant contributions to psychology during a distinguished career. Nominations are due May 1, 2015. Click here for more info.

Judy E. Hall, PhD Early Career Psychologist Award

This award, named in honor of NR's Executive Officer from 1990 through 2013, is awarded annually to a Registrant with fewer than 10 years of post-doctoral experience. The intent of this award is to support a specific project which is relevant to the mission, vision, and values of the National Register. Nominations are due May 1, 2015. Click here for more info.

Visit the New Practice Builder Blog

practiceYou Made It, You’re Finally a Psychologist! Now What? By Kathleen Hutchinson, PhD

Steps to Minimize Stress in Your Job Search by Andrew Martinez, PhD

My Lessons Learned In Integrated Primary Care by Lauren DeCaporale-Ryan, PhD




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