**American Psychological Association's President, Sandra Sullman, PhD, discussing 'We Are Living in a Racism Pandemic'.
**We invite you to celebrate Psychology Day with us and the UN on May 27th. For the first time, the annual Psychology Day at the UN will be a virtual event (click here to register: https://www.unpsychologyday.
**Important READ: Letter from the Society for Black Neuropsychology to the COVID-19 task force.
**Important READ: Letter from the Asian American Psychological Association re: anti-Asian discrimination and COVID-19
**New website for information about MI Frontline Support Group: MiFrontlineSupport.com!! If you are interested in becoming a provider, please visit the website and fill out the form. Please send questions to email@example.com.
***Wonderful resources created by the psychologists at McLaren Health Care System; please check out the website, here!
***MPA is proud to announce the appointment of our member, Adelle McLain Cadieux, Psy.D., to the State of Michigan Suicide Prevention Commission. Dr. Cadieux is a pediatric psychologist with over 15 years of experience in a wide variety of clinical settings and populations, including community mental health with adults and youth, outpatient behavioral health, pediatric health psychology, and the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe. Dr. Cadieux has also held leadership roles at the national level, most notably in Division 54 (Pediatric Psychology) of the American Psychological Association. Currently Dr. Cadieux works at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital (Grand Rapids) and is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and Human Development at Michigan State University. We are pleased that she will bring her leadership skills, her ability to collaborate with diverse communities across the state and country, and her passion for advocating for the needs of youth, families and adults to the important work of this Commission.
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
MPA Responses to COVID-19 Issues
5/1/2020 ALERT: Phone only telehealth services for Medicare during COVID-19. Find information for billing HERE.
Telehealth guidance by state during COVID-19 - Check out MI State Actions, here.
UPDATED TESTING GUIDANCE: Neuropsychological and psychological testing during COVID-19, from APA Services, here.
How COVID-19 may affect presurgical psychological evaluations. Experts in the filed provide insights, found here.
How to provide telehealth in nursing homes? APA provides a few tips, here.
Telehealth testing with children: Important factors to consider, found here.
Dr. Sue Dilsworth's Telehealth Excel Spreadsheet ***Disclaimer: Spreadsheet is for guidance and due to frequent changes, readers should follow the links for the most up-to-date information, MPA has not verified the information.
4/4/2020: Licensure Related Matters and COVID-19
What the COVID-19 telehealth waiver means for psychology practitioners
Temporary changes to federal Medicare telehealth policies
How to make the most of telepsychology and steer clear of pitfalls
APA guidelines for the practice of telepsychology
Resources for MPA members, Students & the Public
Overview of APA’s actions around COVID-19
APA's General Resources for COVID-19
APA's Practice Resources In Response to COVID-19
APA's Answers to practicing psychologists’ latest questions about providing telehealth services
APA's COVID-19: When is it OK to resume in-person services? and Sample informed consent form for resuming in-person services
APA's Webinar Series for Students and ECPs
APA's YouTube Channel
Pain management in a crisis? APA's tips found here.
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network - Learning Center and Psychological First Aid, found here.
Red Cross - Disaster Training, found here.
Council of Chairs of Training Councils Resource:
Council of Chairs of Training Councils Statement on Furloughing Doctoral Interns and Postdoctoral Fellows in Psychology Training Programs
Statement on Education and Training Considerations during COVID-19 Pandemic
CCTC Guidance Statement on Resumption of In-Person Psychological Services and Training
Please read APPIC's News and Announcements for Training, here.
Society of Pediatric Psychology, Div 54 - COVID Resources, found here.
Addressing the psychological and emotional impact of the COVID 19 pandemic for children, families, and healthcare staff
Advice for caregivers of children with disabilities in the era of COVID-19, found on the APA website, here.
COVID-19 Resources for Rehabilitation Psychology Professionals, found here, from Div 22!
Resources specific to disability and COVID-19, found HERE and HERE.
A new microsite from the Alzheimer's Association helps public health professionals quickly learn about the unique challenges that people living with dementia and their caregivers are encountering during the pandemic.
News reports about the coronavirus, together with speculation that it could become more widespread, are making some people anxious. Here are some tips to help you manage your anxiety and put news reports in perspective.
Baruch Fischhoff, PhD, a professor at Carnegie Mellon University and an expert on public perception of risk and human judgment and decision-making, joins APA’s flagship podcast, Speaking of Psychology, to explain why we worry about new risks more than familiar ones, how to calm our anxiety and what are the psychological effects of being quarantined.
Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress Coronavirus and Emerging Infectious Disease Outbreak
American Society of Reproductive Medicine - COVID Updates and Resources, found here.
Self-care for tele-therapy practice: GUIDE
Eligible psychologists and practices can receive further payment under the CARES Act.
Small business loan assistance information, here.
4/29/2020 - The MPA Insurance Committee recently met with representatives of Priority Health to advocate that the company change its policy of reimbursing telehealth treatment at the facility, rather than the non facility rate. We are pleased to announce that beginning May 1st to June 30th, Priority Health will align with other payers, and pay the “non-facility” level of payment for professional services done via telehealth. MPA is very pleased that Priority Health has recognized the value delivered by providers who offer telehealth services. We will continue to advocate that the new policy be made retroactive to March 1, 2020.
4/14/2020 - Update from BCBSM regarding waiver of co-pays
4/1/2020 - BCBSM - telehealth benefits and billing from the MPA Insurance Committee
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Medical Policy
UnitedHealthcare Addresses COVID-19
UnitedHealth Group Press Release – What We’re Doing
Optum: Check out the latest telehealth policy updates for behavioral health services, reimbursement and coding guidelines and member resources at our new COVID-19 Provider Hub on Provider Express.
To support this, consistent with an applicable Notice of Enforcement Discretion from the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the Department of Health and Human Services (Notice ), on a temporary basis, health care providers, qualified and licensed in accordance with applicable regulations, may use audio or video communications technology immediately to deliver telephonic and telehealth care to Optum Behavioral Health plan members in addition to any HIPAA-approved telehealth technology as long as this method will effectively support the behavioral health needs of the individual member. Please note this policy applies temporarily to all benefit plans to cover telehealth services and there are other potentially applicable federal and state privacy laws that could impact this temporary accommodation.
Care providers can connect to the latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance for health professionals, as well as travel advisories from the U.S. State Department.
COVID-19 Safety Tips
CDC Resources for Health Care Facilities
Prepare to Care for COVID-19: Get Your Practice Ready
Strategies for Optimizing the Supply of PPE
Steps Healthcare Facilities Can Take
Interim Guidance for Healthcare Facilities
Strategies to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 in Long-Term Care Facilities
Updated CDC N95 mask guidance
Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer
Michigan.gov - Coronavirus Resources and Assistance for Michigan
What Michigan is Doing
On Tuesday, March 10, Michigan’s Governor Whitmer declared a state of emergency as the state’s first positive cases of COVID-19 were identified. The emergency declaration enables the state to quickly deploy resources (equipment, supplies and/or personnel) to local jurisdictions to support their response efforts in combating the spread of COVID-19. The declaration places Michigan at a heightened state of preparedness for response. All Michiganders are encouraged to follow the recommendations from MDHHS and the CDC to protect themselves and slow the spread of COVID-19.
Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced that her administration will expand access to telemedicine for Michiganders by immediately allowing Medicaid beneficiaries to receive services in their home while the state combats the spread of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). In addition, insurance plans like Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Blue Care Network of Michigan, Priority Health, Meridian, CVS Health, McLaren, and Health Alliance Plan also announced that they will cover and encourage the use of virtual care and telemedicine, as well as waive cost-sharing for COVID-19 testing.
Governor Whitmer and Michigan Department of Insurance & Financial Services (DIFS) Director Anita Fox also called on the Trump administration to allow for a special enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act (www.healthcare.gov) to allow more Americans, including Michiganders, to sign up for coverage and help mitigate the spread of COVID-19."
News Releases from the Executive Office of the Governor
Due to Executive Order 2020-30, the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) is allowing individuals with a temporary limited license or a limited license that expires and whose exams were canceled due to COVID-19 to remain valid for an additional 6-month term in order for applicants to sit for their exams and complete remaining requirements for limited or full licensure. https://www.michigan.gov/whitmer/0,9309,7-387-90499_90705-523481--,00.html
Michigan Department of HHS
MDHHS Announces Peer-run Warmline to Aid Persons with Mental Health Needs During COVID-19 Pandemic - Information here!
CARES Act Provider Relief Fund - More information, here.
4/3/2020: APPLYING HHS’S GUIDANCE FOR STATES AND HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS ON AVOIDING DISABILITY-BASED DISCRIMINATION IN TREATMENT RATIONING
COVID-19 Updates from MDHHS
Michigan EMS Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Response
COVID-19 Guidance for Medical Examiners and Funeral Directors
Michigan 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Person Under Investigation (PUI) and Case Report Form
Executive Orders & Directives
Hospital to Post-Acute Care Transfer Form for COVID-19
Guidance for Health Care Facilities for Admission of COVID
Guidance for Health Care Facilities for Discharge of COVID
Guidance for Health Care Facilities for EM of COVID
Dental Practice Guidance for COVID-19
Guidance for Substance Use Disorder Treatment Providers During COVID-19
Medicaid Telemedicine Expansion: MSA Bulletin 20-09; associated with 03/12/20 Press Release
Medicaid Programs Relax Face-to-Face Requirement: MSA 20-12
Medicaid Bulletin MSA 20-12 discusses COVID-19 Response: Relaxing Face-to-Face Requirement, and is issued on March 18, 2020.
MSA Bulletin 20-13; temporarily allows telephonic services associated with expanded telemedicine services in the above linked policy
Medicaid Provider COVID-19 Guidance: Numbered Letter L 20-16
BREAKING NEWS: APA Applauds Administration, CMS for Approving Phone-Only Telehealth Coverage for Medicare Recipients
Click HERE for more information.
COVID-19 Emergency Declaration Blanket Waivers for Health Care Providers, found HERE.
CMS just announced a very important telehealth expansion in Medicare!
Click HERE and HERE for the good news for psychologists in APA’s new Practice Information Hub.
CMS summary of newly approved services and codes
Fact Sheet, here
Frequently Asked Questions: https://edit.cms.gov/files/document/medicare-telehealth-frequently-asked-questions-faqs-31720.pdf
Additional FAQs: https://www.cms.gov/files/document/provider-enrollment-relief-faqs-covid-19.pdf
Code List Download: https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Medicare-General-Information/Telehealth/Telehealth-Codes