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  • 1. APAPO Annual Report to the APA Council February 19, 2011 Katherine C. Nordal, PhD Executive Director for Professional Practice
  • 2. Primary Work Setting: PA Payers & Life Status Practitioners
  • 3. 501(c)(6) Business/Trade Association
    • Focuses on advancing a particular trade such as professional psychology
    • Key differences with 501(c)(3) associations:
      • Fewer tax benefits
      • Fewer restrictions on use of money
      • Unrestricted lobbying
      • Permitted to work with PACs to facilitate political giving
  • 4. APAPO Governance APAPO Board of Directors
    • Same Officers who govern APA in these positions govern the APAPO
    • Same CAPP Committee members elected to the APA C3 CAPP constitute APAPO C6 CAPP
    Committees of the APAPO Committee for the Advancement of Professional Practice (CAPP)
  • 5. APA Practice Organization APA Practice Organization(c)(6) Education Advocacy Trust Association for the Advancement of Psychology Psychologists for Legislative Action Now Public Interest APA Directorates (c)(3) Practice Science Education
  • 6. APA Practice Directorate and APA Practice Organization Public Relations State Advocacy Legal & Regulatory Affairs Governance Operations Practice Research & Policy Government Relations Marketing & Business Development Communications Administration Executive Office Katherine C. Nordal, PhD Executive Director Randy Phelps, PhD Deputy Executive Director
  • 7. APAPO Mission APAPO is dedicated to serving the professional interests of its members. The mission of the APAPO is to advance, protect and defend the professional practice of psychology.
  • 8. Legislative Advocacy
    • Medicare Payment
      • 25% Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) cut postponed
      • 5% psychotherapy payment restoration extended through 2011
      • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services payment policies that reduce psychologists’ reimbursement
      • Psychotherapy codes review
  • 9. Legislative Advocacy
    • Breaking Down Barriers to Psychological Services
      • Medicare “physician” definition
      • HITECH incentive payments for electronic health records
      • Hospital reimbursement for psychology internship training
  • 10. Legislative Advocacy
    • Health Care Reform
      • Protecting psychology and mental health provisions in Patient Protection and Accountable Care Act
      • Privacy safeguards for psychological testing data
  • 11. Legislative Advocacy
    • Mobilizing Grassroots Members
    APAPO Government Relations Office Field Consultants Federal Advocacy Coordinators Practitioners
  • 12. Legislative Action Center
    • Communicating with Members of Congress
  • 13. Legal Advocacy
    • Mental health parity law implementation
    • Class action lawsuits and settlements
    • Coalition for Patients’ Rights – Scope of practice
  • 14. Legal Advocacy
    • Consultation with members and SPTAs
    • Sample issues and initiatives:
      • Health insurers/Managed Behavioral Healthcare Organizations
      • Licensure
      • Responding to subpoenas
      • Hospital practice
      • Prescriptive authority
  • 15. Marketplace Initiatives
    • Psychologically Healthy Workplace Program (PHWP)
      • Positioning psychologists as experts with employer, health promotion and wellness communities
      • Providing resources for employers and the psychologists who work with them
    • Collaborative relationships with industry stakeholders
    • Educational efforts about the value of psychologists practicing in applied settings
  • 16. Marketplace Initiatives
    • PHWP Programming
      • Psychologically Healthy Workplace Conference
  • 17. Marketplace Initiatives
    • PHWP Communications Vehicles
      • Website –
  • 18. Marketplace Initiatives
    • PHWP Communications Vehicles
      • Good Company e-newsletter, blog and podcast
  • 19. Marketplace Initiatives
    • PHWP Communications Vehicles
      • Social media presence
        • Facebook
        • LinkedIn
        • Twitter
        • YouTube
  • 20. Serving Our Members
    • Practice Central
      • Regular content updates featured on landing page at
      • Variety of reimbursement tools and resources
      • Guidance on complying with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act
      • Resources for early career psychologists
      • Much more – visit often
  • 21. Serving Our Members
    • Keeping Practitioners Informed
      • PracticeUpdate e-newsletter
      • Good Practice magazine
      • 2010 Year in Review
      • Pocket Guide to Practice
      • Regular activity update reports to Council and APAPO members
  • 22. Serving Our Members
    • New Tools and Resources
      • Online Practice Finances Calculator
      • More online learning and multimedia programs planned for Practice Central
      • More frequent communications in 2011: PracticeUpdate , Good Practice
  • 23. Serving Our Members
    • Psychologist Locator – Connecting Consumers with Practitioners
  • 24. Serving SPTAs
    • Annual grants
    • Consultation on organizational needs and advocacy initiatives, public relations strategies regarding practice issues
    • Staff support for the Council of Executives of State, Provincial and Territorial Psychological Associations
  • 25. Serving SPTAs
    • Annual State Leadership Conference
    • Business of Practice workshops at annual SPTA meetings
  • 26. Contact APAPO Email: [email_address] Phone: 1-800-374-2723