DPA - Delaware Psychological Association


State Advocacy

The State Advocacy Committee shall keep the Executive Council and Association members advised of state-level legislation and insurance issues impacted mental health and the profession of psychology.  As necessary, it shall establish and maintain relationships with state legislators, the Office of the Insurance Commissioner and major medical insurance providers within the state.  The Committee shall work at advancing the recognition of, and acceptance of qualified psychologists as independent providers of health services within the state.  The Committee may, as necessary and with the approval of the Executive Council, employ the services of a state lobbyist to assist with supporting or drafting appropriate state legislation, secure legislative sponsors, and organize any grassroots activity among the psychologists of the state in support of key legislation.

  • May 19, 2020 11:23 AM | Kelly Wetzel (Administrator)

    https://www.apaservices.org/practice/clinic/covid-19-informed-consent

    Sample informed consent form for resuming in-person services

    Psychologists transitioning back to face-to-face services may wish to protect their practice through informed consent.

    APA has created a sample informed consent form (DOC, 25KB) for psychologists who are returning to the office to provide face-to-face services with the lifting of “stay at home” restrictions. (Please see our article on important factors to consider before reopening your office for more information.)

    This document contains important safety considerations to help minimize exposure to the coronavirus, including guidance published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list of possible actions nor is it meant to encourage psychologists to resume face-to-face services before they feel comfortable doing so.

    Since the state and local health authorities where you practice may have published additional guidance, you are encouraged to modify this template to fit the specific requirements of your community as well as to the needs of your practice and patients.

    This document is designed to be used in addition to your normal informed consent and business practices form — not as a substitute. You should use your normal informed consent form with clients before initiating services to cover important information (e.g. your fees, billing and collection practices, limits to confidentiality) and use this template as an addendum when patients are returning to (or starting) in-person services.

    You may also wish to consult with your malpractice insurer for additional content they may recommend.

    DOWNLOAD FORM (DOC, 25KB

    Disclaimer: We prepared this document to provide information to psychologists in this rapidly changing landscape. Because the law, regulations, and related information continually change, you are encouraged to monitor local, state and federal officials and update this form as necessary to stay in compliance with their guidance. Please note the date stamp on this form. Please note this document does not constitute legal advice, as APA and APA Services do not and cannot provide legal advice to our members or state associations. The information in this form should not be used as a substitute for obtaining advice from an attorney in your state.

  • April 30, 2020 10:33 AM | Brooke Fernandez (Administrator)

    A revolution has silently occurred for the provision of MH/SA services. We are essential personnel! We are routinely doing telehealth along with family doctors, physician specialists, and psychiatrists. We are able to help people who may have difficulty getting to our office. Hopefully this will help CMS, insurance companies and legislators see the necessity of treating us with the same value as those other doctoral level providers in the physician definition. The need for our services to deal with the stress, anxiety and isolation of life during a pandemic and its aftermath will only increase.  I will leave you with a link that helps you understand how much advocacy APA has done to offer guidance that helps our patients, in the interpretation of a bill translated to law, which impacts the regulation of our practice. Your input into the process, regardless of the legislation, is often necessary at many points along the way, whether it is to urge sponsorship, or to push for specific regulatory interpretations. Please consider responding when asked. It is important. Let us not loose the momentum of modernizing our practices due to necessity the pandemic has created.  

    Here is the link of all the things we can now do, which begs the question of why this should be time limited:

    https://www.apaservices.org/practice/reimbursement/government/medicare-telehealth-temporary-changes

    Take care of yourselves during this pandemic so that you can continue to help you families, friends, colleagues and clients make it through these challenging times.

    Barbara Giardina, Ph.D.

    Federal Advocacy Coordinator

  • April 17, 2020 10:16 AM | Kelly Wetzel (Administrator)


    Insurer Resources for COVID-19 and Telehealth

    As multiple, necessary strategies are employed to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, telehealth is growing in importance as a scalable tool that can help to increase access to medical care, and to ensure the safety of the healthcare workforce, as well as protect at-risk patients.  More hospitals and healthcare providers are offering telemedicine as an alternative to in person visits.  

    With the upsweep in demand for health care related to the virus, and the urgent need to quell the spread of the disease, the insurance industry/payors are modifying policies around telehealth ─ including policies that address utilization, cost, and reimbursement.  As such DCHI’s Payment Workgroup is providing quick links to the respective payor websites dedicated to COVID-19 and telehealth.

    Thank you for all that you are doing to keep Delaware safe and healthy!

    Aetna

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    AmeriHealth Caritas

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    Cigna

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    Highmark BCBS

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    Highmark Health Options

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    United Healthcare

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  • April 10, 2020 2:21 PM | Brooke Fernandez (Administrator)

    Please click on the list below of available telehealth providers.

    Telehealth Providers.pdf

  • March 30, 2020 9:45 PM | Brooke Fernandez (Administrator)

    PARENTING SUPPORT GROUP

    Join Mid-Atlantic Behavioral Health's parenting support group to connect with other parents and learn new ideas for keeping kids happy at home. Covid-19 has affected parents greatly, forcing some to suddenly balance working from home and schooling children. During this series of three parenting support sessions, you will have the opportunity to hear what other parents are doing to keep their children occupied, share local and online resources for child education and therapy, and learn general parenting tips to maintain a peaceful household.


    This is an open group, so folks can join during session one or during subsequent sessions. Criteria includes having children at home! Parenting tips will be geared toward children 10 years and under, but all parents with children at home are welcome. You do not need to be a patient at Mid-Atlantic Behavioral Health to participate - this is open to the public.

    https://www.facebook.com/events/889181001544743/

  • March 30, 2020 3:12 PM | Brooke Fernandez (Administrator)


    Depression and Anxiety Support Groups

    Our support groups have gone virtual!

    Join us every Monday from 1-2 PM

    Zoom Log-in Information:

    https://zoom.us/j/541353830

    Meeting ID: 541 353 830

    Join us every Thursday from 9-10 AM

    Zoom Log-in Information:

    https://zoom.us/j/180241424

    Meeting ID: 180 241 424

    For questions and/or registration,email Rochelle (rbalan@mhainde.org) or call Shynia (302-597-8130)


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