|Advocate: February 2014|
HERE'S WHAT CMHCS NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE NEW ICD-10 CODES
By Gary G. Gintner, PhD ON OCT. 1, 2014, THE CODES that clinical mental health counselors (CMHCs) use to report diagnoses of clients and request reimbursement from insurance companies will change. In my view, this change is reasonable, positive, and long overdue. Here’s why.
'MEET-ME' CALLS ADDRESS ISSUES FACED BY AMHCA CHAPTER LEADERS
In December, AMHCA INAUGURATED A series of monthly “Meet-Me” conference calls for state chapter leaders and AMHCA national association leaders to provide:
ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2014: JOHN GOTTMAN, PHD, AND THE HEAD OF SAMHSA TO DELIVER KEYNOTES; PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS ARE ON ETHICS AND HEALTHCARE REFORM
By Stephen A. Giunta, PhD, This year’s conference offers the excellent lineup of invited speakers and pre-conference presenters that AMHCA conferences are known for.
COLUMN: THE PRESIDENT'S PERSPECTIVE
By Judith Bertenthal–Smith, As president of your professional association, I have done a great deal of thinking about the challenges to our profession, reflecting on my own personal journey as a licensed professional counselor and how best AMHCA can serve our members. The threat to our ability to practice is real.
By James Finley Congress has begun the year with several major bills to consider, including a government-wide appropriations measure (now completed), budget/debt ceiling negotiations, and hopefully resolution of a permanent fix to the Medicare physician-fee dilemma.
THE BUSINESS OF PRIVATE PRACTICE
By Deb Legge, PhD Many clinical mental health counselors covet the autonomy associated with being in private practice. Being able to do your own thing without asking permission is a huge freedom that makes all the hard work worthwhile.
Culled by Kathleen McCarthy, The belief that we consider ourselves better than our peers is true even of convicted criminals, according to a study that looked specifically at the “better than average effect,” which refers to how people consistently evaluate themselves more favorably than the average peer on most traits.
Within one month, from mid-December to mid-January, AMHCA Executive Director and CEO Joel E. Miller was featured or quoted in three issues of Mental Health Weekly, an independent newsletter for mental health professionals that provides news on national trends and developments in funding, policy, prevention, and treatment and research in mental health, reimbursement, and other issues.
By Kristen Lister Advocacy for counselors has been on my mind a lot over the last several months. Last July, I went to Washington, D.C., for AMHCA’s Annual Conference and met with legislators from my state to advocate on behalf of professional counselors.