Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback

 
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January 2008 - Vol 2, Issue 1
In This Issue
Executive Director's Message
Guidelines for Third Party Reimbursement for Biofeedback
Gaming Session at Annual Meeting
Still Accepting Posters
Call for Volunteers
AAPB-endorsed Professional Liability Insurance Program
Special Member Discount Now Available
Welcome New Members
Quick Links
A Message from the President
By Alan Glaros, PhD
 

AAPB's leadership team has been very active during the past few months.  We've conducted a good deal of public advocacy, worked to support members in their efforts, dealt with third party reimbursement issues, and fended off threats to the integrity of the field.  Our Nomenclature Task Force is finishing its work.  We continue to offer professional for liability insurance for our members. 

 

We've also worked to get our financial house in order.  AAPB will end the 2007 year in the black, and we will add a significant chunk of money to our reserves by the end of the 2008 fiscal year.  All in all, a busy and productive period.

 

I want to draw your attention to the symposium on biofeedback and gaming that will be presented at our annual meeting, May 14-17 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  This is a fascinating use of our technology and a potential growth area for us. 

 

The vitality of a field requires an engaged leadership and an activated membership.  Here are some things you can do to protect the field and advocate for biofeedback:

  1. You've probably noticed that some manufacturers-all of them not affiliated with AAPB-have made misleading claims about their equipment and about the process of biofeedback.  When you see these claims on the Internet or your local newspaper, please take the time to write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper and set the record straight.  You're welcome to use the language crafted by AAPB in your letter. It is available online. The more our members write, the more the public gets educated.

  2. When was the last time you offered to speak to a local civic group or professional organization about biofeedback?  Perhaps you could offer to speak to a meeting of a local medical society.  In your talk, you could describe biofeedback and the conditions for which biofeedback shows efficacy.  (We have information on our website 

    that you are always welcome to use.)  Don't be surprised if your presentation results in more referrals to your practice.
  3. Are you coding diagnoses and procedures properly?  We're getting reports from insurance companies that some providers (not necessarily AAPB members) are using diagnosis and procedure codes that don't seem to be justified.  The insurance companies are responding by denying all biofeedback-related claims, including those submitted by conscientious providers.  If you're not sure about coding, please make plans to come to our annual meeting in May to learn more.

Are there other issues we need to work on?  Please don't hesitate to contact me at aglaros@kcumb.edu.  Stay warm!

Executive Director's Message
Advocacy: A Key Mission of AAPB

By David L. Stumph, IOM, CAE,

AAPB Co-Executive Director
 

It is interesting to see the tide turning for AAPB in many ways. One truly exciting change in recent months is that AAPB finds itself in the forefront on a number of important issues on behalf of its members and the field in general. It has always been a goal of the Association to acquire insurance coverage for Biofeedback services. The past has only seen limited success in this area. However, the volume of inquiries, articles, and news items has increased significantly in the last year and our own involvement in responding to questions related to efficacy of biofeedback services has become a major focus.

 

The inquiries that we have received recently have come from a variety of sources. While many such contacts have been indirect, they have come from various licensing boards including New York, California, and Maryland. We have also had direct communication with a number of insurance companies supporting the efficacy of biofeedback as a treatment for various disorders. In one case, we provided support to a challenge from a medical board claim against a member for performing medical services without appropriate licensure. We believe that these entities are beginning to take notice and that our responses are having a positive impact.

 

Just last week, I met with the Senior Legislative Representative for State Affairs in Health & Long-Term Care from the American Association of Retired People (AARP) to discuss ways that we might work together to achieve greater recognition for biofeedback and insurance coverage. As a result, we will be contacting a number of states for guidance and assistance in achieving greater insurance coverage.

 

We have also been actively involved with public media responding to items that have appeared on the NBC's Today Show, a local Denver television news show, and the Seattle Times, to mention a few.

 

This is an exciting time for psychophysiology and biofeedback! And, your professional association, AAPB, is taking the lead in finding and making contacts that we believe will make a difference. Our challenge to you is to keep us informed as you encounter items that should be addressed. A heightened awareness of biofeedback has thrust AAPB into an advocacy role at a greater level than ever before. We welcome this opportunity and look forward to hearing from you with issues that we can address on your behalf.
Guidelines for Third Party Reimbursement For Biofeedback
By Ronald Rosenthal, PhD
 
In an ideal world, we would be able to generate a long list of insurance companies and managed care organizations that have consistently paid for biofeedback services. However, the world we live in is far from ideal and insurance reimbursement for biofeedback continues to be inconsistent and unpredictable.
In order to try to bring some order to this topic, it is important to remember how third party reimbursement works.
 
Gaming Session Added to Annual Meeting Program

There has been an explosion of applications to health evolving from electronic devices over the past few years. No small number of these operate by involving a physiological change in the operator of the device. Many are offered as computer games or relaxation devices. This seminar will bring together many representatives from the family of people who develop, design, research, market or use such devices.  We will look at the growing demand, what's in the future, innovative applications, special needs, and most important--what does this mean for biofeedback? Bring your imagination and creative thinking.

See information about this special event and the rest of the Annual Meeting program at www.aapb.org.
Still Accepting Posters for the Annual Meeting
Because we want to include as much research as possible at the Annual Meeting, AAPB is extending its Call for Posters. Although the official poster submission site is now closed, we invite you to sent us your abstracts for inclusion at the Annual Meeting in Florida. Email your abstracts to Allison Mendrys at amendrys@resourcenter.com.
Interested in Serving on the Board or Committee?
AAPB is looking for individuals interested in serving either on the 2009 Annual Meeting Program Planning Committee or on the Board of Directors. If you would like to be considered for either of these important roles within AAPB, contact either of the Co-Executive Directors, Francine Butler at fbutler@resourcenter.com or David Stumph, dstumph@resourcenter.com.
AAPB-endorsed Professional Liability Insurance Program 
Submitted by Lockton Risk Services, Inc.
 

While it's standard practice to protect your physical property with insurance, biofeedback practitioners often forget to protect the most important part of their business: their reputation and financial security. Unfortunately, many biofeedback specialists don't understand how professional liability insurance protects them and their practice in the event of a claim or lawsuit.

 

Anyone who interacts with clients as a professional in clinical environment needs professional liability insurance. In our litigious society, your close work with people can open you to accusations of misconduct.

 

Professional liability insurance does not provide coverage in instances of fraud or intentional acts; rather it offers a financial buffer in the event your professional opinion is questioned or you are accused of negligence. When a claim is made against you, the insurance company helps defray the expense of evidence discovery and represents your interests in the event of a trial or hearing.

 

While many employers provide professional liability coverage for their employees for acts on their behalf, you could be uninsured in the future if the employer fails to renew the coverage, goes out of business or doesn't purchase extended reporting (tail) coverage. Any coverage with a new employer will not respond to claims arising from your previous employment. Personal coverage allows you to choose the amount of insurance you need and gives you individual control over your insurance premium.

 

As an AAPB member, you have access to an exceptional professional liability insurance option: the AAPB-endorsed Professional Liability Insurance Program. Administered by Lockton Risk Services, Inc., a leader in the insurance industry, the program offers extremely competitive rates exclusively for biofeedback practitioners. 

 

You can apply, get a quote and receive a policy in the comfort of your home or office. Just visit the AAPB Insurance Center at http://aapb.lockton-ins.com.  In just a few short minutes you can have the valuable coverage you need to protect the most important part of your business: Yourself.
Special Member Discount Now Available
Marvin H. Berman, PhD, CBT, BCIA-EEG, President of the Quietmind Foundation, is offering members a discount of 15% on Institutional Review Board (IRB) services, with 5% of the proceeds going back to AAPB. The Quietmind Foundation has created both an independent IRB and a Research Faciliation Service in response to the growing need for quality research in the field of complementary/alternative (CAM) health care with an emphasis on EEG biofeedback theory and methods. For more information, go to www.quietmindfdn.org/irb.
Welcome New Members!
We welcome the following individuals who have become new members of AAPB  since October 11, 2007.  We're delighted to have you join the premier international society for mind-body interactions in research, healthcare and education.  Thank you for joining the AAPB community. We hope to meet many of you at the Annual Meeting in Daytona Beach. 
  • Edward Amchislavsky, MSW, Far Rockaway, New York
  • Natalia Amchislavsky, MSW, ACSW, CASAC, Far Rockaway, New York
  • Clifford Anderson, Hanford, California
  • Maya Balenz, LMT, MFA, Eugene, Oregon
  • Neil Bockian, PhD, Chicago, Illinois
  • Lynn Buhler, Baltimore, Maryland
  • Louise Cardellina, Mattituck, New York
  • James Colwell, PhD, Wilmington, North Carolina
  • Terry Conrad, Galveston, Texas
  • Curtis Cripe, Scottsdale, Arizona
  • Tad Crohn, Barrie, Ontario
  • Spyridon Diamantides, Athens, Greece
  • Keith Donohue, MS, Highland Park, New Jersey
  • Bernard Ertl, Friendswood, Texas
  • Kristi Hansen, BA, BCIAC Senior Fellow, Chaska, Minnesota
  • Cynthia Harrington, Los Angeles, California
  • Paulette Hastings, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Audrey Hill-Lindsay, Los Angeles, California
  • Jennifer Hakola, Nelson, British Columbia
  • Grace Huh, Chicago, Illinois
  • Jan Lisaj, Pila, Poland
  • John Lumiere-Wins, Emeryville, California
  • Judith Lytel, PsyD, Amherst, Massachusetts
  • Donald Maxwell, North York, Ontario
  • Michael McCall, Tucson, Arizona
  • Leonard McEwen, MSW, RSW, Spruce Grove, Alberta
  • Stewart Nyholm, Westminster, Colorado
  • John Octabe, DD, Breckenridge, Colorado
  • Candice Pattee, Berkeley, California
  • Steven Sharp, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
  • Colleen Sheehan, Hollywood, Florida
  • James Shuler, Dayton, Ohio
  • Susanna Smart, Kent, Ohio
  • Patricia Sorensen, Lethbridge, Alberta
  • Laura Titus, Napa, California
  • Gregory Valenti, Amsterdam, New York
  • Michaelann Velicky, Elkins Park, Pennsylvania
  • Katherine Walker, Dallas, Texas
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