Good Practice Articles by Year

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2015 Spring/Summer

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2014 Winter

Fall 2013

2013 Spring

Winter 2013

Fall 2012

Spring 2012

  • Cyberbullying (PDF, 147KB)

    Cyberbullying is generally characterized as using an electronic device for aggressive, repeated and intentional acts of bullying such as name calling, sending threatening emails, placing photos of persons on the Internet without permission and sending viruses.

  • Putting Electronic Health Records into Practice (PDF, 153KB)

    Electronic records allows psychologist, physician, occupational therapist or other clinicians to keep an electronic copy of a patient’s records all in one place, which facilitates exchange of information.

  • Introducing Yourself to Other Health Care Professionals (PDF, 172KB)

    A network of strong referral sources can be crucial to helping grow a new practice and to maintaining or building referral streams for an existing one.

  • Creating a ‘Hybrid Practice’ (PDF, 118KB)

    According to Steven Walfish, PhD, a hybrid practice is involvement in a variety of revenue-producing professional activities, as an opportunity to be creative and entrepreneurial, and benefit financially.

  • Medicaid Expansion on the Horizon (PDF, 270KB)

    Although Medicaid expansion offers many opportunities for psychologists, there are also impediments such as many states’ reluctance to cover telehealth, health and behavior codes or some psychotherapy services.

  • Bringing Psychology to a Medical School Setting (PDF, 225KB)

    Treatment of psychological factors may help in several areas, such as improving the patient’s ability to cope with pain, as well as assisting the patient with becoming more active in his or her own post-procedure care.

  • Social Media: What’s Your Policy? (PDF, 112KB)

    Dr. Keely Kolmes, a psychologist pioneer in the professional use of social media, answers questions related to establishing social media policy for a psychology practice.

Winter 2012

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Spring/Summer 2009

  • A psychologist “on the move” (PDF, 169KB)

    Connolly has built a diversified practice with both individual and corporate clients. Her professional grounding in vocational testing and counseling, along with more traditional counseling, led her to her first job at the Educational Testing Service.

  • Advancing the mission to “serve and protect” (PDF, 231KB)

    Carol Vipari is the first corporate psychologist for Canada’s largest municipal police service. Her mandate is to enhance the psychological health and resilience of the uniformed officers and civilian staff.

  • Bringing integrated primary care to rural Hawaii (PDF, 749KB)

    Darryl Salvador relishes the challenges of providing psychological care in an isolated, medically underserved rural Hawaiian area. He’s excited about being part of a multidisciplinary team of health-care professionals.

  • Plugging in to social networks (PDF, 214KB)

    Psychologists are finding increasing opportunities for practice building, marketing, education and socializing in an increasingly electronically connected world.

  • An action plan for self-care (PDF, 378KB)

    Practicing psychologists have an abiding ethical imperative to engage in self-care. Good self-care is sound prevention, guarding you against severe or chronic distress or even professional impairment.

  • Weathering the economic storm (PDF, 570KB)

    Even though financial worries may mean that clients need psychological services more than ever, they’re also less likely to be able to afford help. But Sullivan and others have come up with innovative ideas for keeping their practices viable. practices viable despite the significant financial challenges facing psychologists and clients alike.

Winter 2008

  • New demands, greater practice opportunities (PDF, 118KB)

    Features the opportunities for new psychologists to work in a variety of settings and to play increasingly diverse roles.

  • Leading change (PDF, 231KB)

    The hospital outpatient department now offers a wide array of outpatient-level services in substance abuse, geropsychology and mental health, along with specialty services for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence, and a variety of health psychology services.

  • Tracking your client sources (PDF, 263KB)

    This brief article offers guidance for tracking your client sources and is followed by a tool designed to help you track referrals.

  • Reinvigorating practice (PDF, 224KB)

    The successful shift toward nonclinical divorce coaching and consultation took a lot of hard work that included engaging in extensive research, cultivating mentors in the field, and taking steps to make himself visible to prospective clients and referral sources.

  • Staying ahead of the curve (PDF, 852KB)

    Trends in psychological practice, including genetics, focus on consumers and information technology.

  • Keeping a focus on community (PDF, 274KB)

    Community outreach is an integral part of Dorlen’s strategic marketing efforts, and it has paid off. Networking and making community connections represent core professional values for Dorlen.

  • Four strategies for avoiding administrative overload (PDF, 79KB)

    Handling administrative tasks in an efficient and cost-effective manner is an important part of building and maintaining a successful psychology practice.

  • Putting business into practice (PDF, 800KB)

    When you deal with accountants, managed care representatives, hospital administrators, or your practice consultants, having a firm grasp of business principles and terminology facilitates your interactions.

Fall 2008

Spring 2008

Winter 2007

  • Six reasons why HIPAA matters (PDF, 437KB)

    HIPAA is vital to a practicing psychologist because it's sound business practice, it's the law and it protects your patients.

  • Taking the necessary steps (PDF, 289KB)

    So much of HIPAA compliance depends on context. How one implements the Privacy Rule is conditioned on the size and complexity of one’s practice or institution.

  • The HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules (PDF, 102KB)

    Although there is a bit of overlap between the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules, each rule is distinct and requires its own compliance process.

  • Practitioners: Take note (PDF, 210KB)

    The HIPAA Privacy Rule does not mandate what health care professionals must put in their patient records. But it does confer special privacy protections when mental health professionals keep psychotherapy notes that are separate from the rest of the clinical record.

  • Final HIPAA enforcement rule takes effect (PDF, 192KB)

    The federal government has issued regulations that establish how the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will determine liability and calculate fines for health care professionals who violate any of the HIPAA Rules.

  • Applying for your National Provider Identifier (PDF, 631KB)

    As of May 23, 2007, all health care professionals are required to have a National Provider Identifier (NPI) to use when billing electronically any government or private health insurer.

  • What triggers the need to comply? (PDF, 171KB)

    Both the HIPAA Privacy Rule and Security Rules are triggered when a psychologist, or an entity such as a billing service acting on behalf of the psychologist, transmits information in electronic form.

Summer 2007

  • How to minimize your risk of identity theft (PDF, 277KB)

    Many of the tactics psychologists use for protecting patient information under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) are also important for avoiding identity theft.

  • Insuring your practice (PDF, 229KB)

    This article outlines some of the insurance options, including professional liability, property insurance, and other types of coverage that practitioners should consider.

  • Taking charge of your practice (PDF, 168KB)

    If your clients regularly ask if they can pay for your services with a credit card, and if you would like to increase the speed and efficiency of your payment collections, you may be interested in accepting credit card payments in your practice.

  • Responding to managed care rate cuts (PDF, 227KB)

    Facing cuts in already low payment rates is a major frustration for psychologists who deal with managed care companies. Because of antitrust concerns, practitioners can face an uphill battle in challenging rate reductions.

  • Reaching out to diverse populations (PDF, 483KB)

    With the growing diversity of the U.S. population, practitioners are increasingly called on to make their services more widely available in racially and ethnically diverse localities.

  • Increasing your referrals from other professionals (PDF, 284KB)

    A network of strong referral sources can be instrumental in sustaining or helping to grow a practice. This article summarizes important steps you can take to improve your effectiveness in developing and maintaining referrals. from other professionals.

Winter 2006