Monthly Updates for Members from LAAC

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January 2021:

Fee Waiver for PsyPact E.Passport Ends January 31

Bottom Line: Initiate application for PsyPact E.passport by Jan. 31 to avoid $400 fee

Situation: The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded ASPPB federal funding to help provide support for the 2020 Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES). As part of the 2020 funding, and in hopes of increasing access to mental health care services via telepsychology, ASPPB is extending the E.Passport application fee ($400) waiver until January 31, 2021. Please note that you need to have initiated the E.Passport application by January 31, 2021 to take advantage of the $400.00 fee waiver. You do not have to have your application submitted or completed by that date.

Background: PSYPACT is an interstate compact designed to allow licensed psychologists to legally and ethically practice telepsychology and conduct temporary in-person, face-to-face practice of psychology across state boundaries without necessitating that an individual become licensed in every state to practice.

States currently participating in the compact: AZ, CO, DE, GA, IL, MO, NE, NV, NH, OK, PA, TX, UT, VA; coming March 2021 NC.

States with pending legislation for inclusion in the compact: DC, IN, KY, NJ, IA, TN, WA, MN, OH, MD, CT.

Assessment: If you are licensed in a state that is part of the compact, you may want to submit an application if you are already conducting telepsychology within your home state and would like to extend your services to patients located in other compact states, or if you wish to have lower restrictions for temporary, face-to-face services in another state that has become part of the compact. Note: there are additional fees assessed, including a yearly maintenance fee for the e-passport (see PsyPact website).

Recommendation: If you are licensed in one of the compact states listed above, visit the PsyPact website today to see if you and your practice may benefit from this additional credential to allow interjurisdictional practice while the waiver is in effect (ends 1/31/2021). If you are licensed in a state with pending legislation, reach out to your state psychological association and/or your state legislatures to voice your comments about adopting PsyPact.

PsyPact Website

Application Website

The NAN Legislative Action and Advocacy Committee (LAAC) provides periodic updates to inform members about recent advocacy efforts and to request input from members about their advocacy needs. To contact the LAAC, please email us at: LAACCommittee@nanonline.org.


December 2020:

Contact Congress Immediately to Stop Payment Cuts to Providers


The NAN Legislative Action and Advocacy Committee (LAAC) is asking NAN Membership to act and support vital legislation aimed at stopping significant cuts to provider payments from Medicare and Medicaid. These cuts also have a high likelihood of significantly and negatively impacting payments to neuropsychologists regardless of whether or not they accept Medicare or Medicaid.

Payment reductions are scheduled to take effect next year unless legislation is passed to stop the decrease in reimbursement. Legislation in both the U.S. House (H.R.8702) and Senate (S.5007) have been introduced to prevent deep cuts in 2021 and 2022. For more information about the problem please visit APA’s website, which provides a summary here.

Please ask your Senators to support S.5007 and your Representative to support H.R. 8702. An efficient way to contact your Senators and Representatives is through this link to the APA Action Center. You are also welcome to contact the LAAC at LAACCommitte@nanonline.org for assistance with supporting this legislation.

Thank you for your consideration.

To learn more about how the LAAC can support you, please visit the NAN website. The LAAC researches and studies public policy issues that impact the field of neuropsychology, provides feedback to the Board of Directors, takes a position on national legislative issues, communicates with elected officials on issues that pertain to neuropsychology, and educates the membership regarding laws that impact the field of neuropsychology.

 

April 2017

  • Update on Arkansas General Assembly Bill

March 2017

  • International Dyslexia Association Fact Sheet
  • Texas Sunset License Board Review

December 2016

  • Texas Sunset License Board Review
  • LAAC HONE-In Updates

November 2016

  • IDA Factsheet on Dyslexia Assessment

September 2016

  • CMS Proposed Billing Change for Cognitively Impaired Medicare Patients

August 2016

  • CMS Proposed Billing Change for Cognitively Impaired Medicare Patients
  • Texas Sunset License Board Review
  • Texas Definition of Psychologist
  • Department of Justice (DOJ) Guidelines on Testing Accommodations

April 2016

  • Medicare Physician Definition – Updates
  • LAAC HONE-In Updates

March 2016

  • New Updates to the NAN LAAC Webpage
  • LAAC HONE-In Updates
  • Proposed Revision to Standard 3.04 of the Ethics Code 
  • State Action Network

February 2016

  • Medicare Physician Definition - Action Alert
  • Audio Recording IME Evaluations in British Columbia – Success Story!
  • State Action Network

January 2016

  • Medicare Physician Definition
  • State Action Network

November 2015

October 2015

  • Qualified Medical Evaluator (QME) Regulations to Abolish Neuropsychology QME Status in California
  • State Action Network

September 2015

  • Qualified Medical Evaluator (QME) Regulations to Abolish Neuropsychology QME Status in California
  • The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Revisions to Payment Policies Under the Physician Fee Schedule (PFS)
  • State Action Network

July 2015

  • New York Psychometrist Bill
  • Texas Bill to Expand Definition of Non-Physician Mental Health Professionals
  • Rhode Island Proposed Omnibus Licensing Board - Read the LAAC's Success Story
  • State Action Network