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Washington Psychological Association members met with the staff of Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Wash.) to explain how unnecessary supervision requirements due to psychologists' exclusion from the physician definition hamper the provision of psychological services and increase costs for Medicare patients. From left to right: Dr. Cheryl Lamin, Dr. Doug Wear, Dr. Lucy Homans, Dr. Maile Bay and Dr. Samantha Slaughter.
Members of the Nevada Psychological Association met with Sen. Dean Heller's (R-Nev.) legislative correspondent Hayley D. Douglas to discuss the impact of plummeting reimbursement rates on Medicare providers and the availability of mental health services. From left to right: NVPA Executive Director Wendi O'Connor, Dr. Robyn Donaldson, Dr. Whitney Owens, Dr. Lisa Linning, Dr. Melanie Crawford, Dr. Lindsey Ricciardi and Dr. Gary Lenkeit.
Members of the North Carolina Psychological Association share fact sheets with Laura Hooper, senior legislative aide for Rep. Melvin Watt (D-N.C.) highlighting the three key advocacy messages for the APA Practice Organization: Halting plummeting reimbursement rates for psychologists, including psychologists under Medicare's physician definition and making psychologists eligible for incentive payments in the HITECH Act. From left: Dr. Travis Colwell, Dr. Charles Cooper, Watt staffer Laura Hooper and Dr. Judith Patterson.
Dr. Cathleen Rea, federal advocacy coordinator for the Virginia Psychological Association, shakes hands with Rep. Scott Rigell (R-Va.) before meeting with a staff member to stress the importance of making psychologists eligible for incentive payments to adopt electronic health records. From left to right: Rep. Rigell, staffer Abby Gunderson, Dr. Rea, Dr. Carolyn Sahni and Dr. Paul Perrin.
Dr. Andrea Kozak Miller and APAPO Board of Directors member Dr. Jennifer Kelly share information from their meeting with Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) with APA Practice Organization Government Relations staff at the Capitol Hill visit debriefing.
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