You may be receiving a very important survey soon from the American Psychological Association Practice Organization. The surveys will be emailed to APAPO members, and will be gathering vital information regarding the valuation of Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes commonly used by psychologists, which directly affects reimbursement rates set by all insurance companies. The survey is developed by the American Medical Association /Specialty Society Relative Value Scale Update Committee (RUC). Click here to view an article from a recent APAPO Practice Update which explains the survey. It is very important for you, if you are a member of APAPO, to be on the lookout for the survey and to set aside the 2 hours it may take to complete it. If you have questions feel free to contact me.
On a related note, I received many positive comments about my last communication with OPA members regarding the letters from Change Healthcare. This group contacted psychologists regarding their billing practices and use of certain CPT codes. In that communication, I outlined concerns expressed by APAPO and OPA to Change, as well as gave specific recommendations on how to respond to their requests. During our recent OPA Convention and through email, many of you pointed out how helpful this information was. I feel compelled in response to point out to everyone that the guidance from that communication would have been impossible if not for the considerable efforts of APAPO’s office of Legal and Regulatory Affairs, specifically attorneys Alan Nessman and Connie Galietti. Both expended considerable time and effort communicating with the organizations in question, drawing on their considerable legal experience and expertise, to produce the guidance you received. This is only a small example of the ongoing advocacy and support Ohio psychologists receive from APAPO. Many psychologists today remain unaware of the vital support they receive from APAPO, and how our more local advocacy efforts are dependent on their help. I urge all Ohio psychologists to be mindful of this when making a decision on whether to become a member of this organization.