2011 SEBAC Agreement revised: CVS Caremark privacy violations and more bad news

 

 

 

http://alarmedaboutcvscaremark.org/index.php?id=52

Why We’re Alarmed About CVS Caremark

Payback is a *****!

YES! I finally received my insurance reimbursement check from the Insurance Company…ALL OF IT!
 
The approximately $800 I received back was much more an emotional and psychological victory than a cash reward (plus I paid that money out to a very unethical therapist 5 years ago!)
 
If you haven’t read my other blog entries and know the history… I’ll give a quick synopsis of the story.
Back several years ago I had gone to a therapist during a divorce and while supporting very ill family member, now deceased.
The therapist committed insurance fraud 2 ways….the first was in 2006 (for sessions in 2005) by telling me my insurance company denied his claims and that I owed him for the sessions. This turned out to be a blatant lie as I later found out. He had never filed the claims. This is a form of health insurance fraud performed by billing a client more than the amount of a copay for services that are fully covered under a managed care plan.
The second way was by triple billing my insurance for 10 sessions in January 2007 when we only had three, and double billing my ex-husbands insurance during the same time period. ( He had to pay back the insurance company for those and withdraw as a provider)
 
The check I received was reimbursement for the first fraud  If I paid myself for the number of hours I spent reporting the fraud to the insurance company, filing a licensing board complaint and then dealing with getting money back from the insurance company ( the therapist had to submit billing at the insurance company’s request for those sessions in 2005)…..I probably made about minimum wage but getting that check back was an emotionally and psychologically priceless!

69.1% of Mental Health Providers agree they need psychotherapy themselves

I  think all mental health providers should be mandated to undergo their own contuining psychotherapy, or participate in a peer consultation group as a licensing requirement, much the same as most are required to complete ceu’s. A certain nunmber of hours would have to be logged each year and signed off when the mental health provider renews their State License.

There are just too many Mental Health providers that are currently in practice that have never received a single hour of therapy themselves, and are capable of doing a great deal of harm due to their counter tranference issues. While a mental health provider continuously attending therapy sessions or participating in an ongoing peer consultation group ( as  did my last  therapist ), is not a guarantee of ethical and competant practice , it would create at least a small factor of assurance for clients that a mental health provider continues to work on their  “own stuff”. There are very few Therapists out there chose to become a Mental Health Provider without having a considerable number of significant life issues to work through themselves.

It seems many mental healh providers agree ,at least on the pre licensure end,   according to a poll taken by goodtherapy .org that asked  “Are you in favor of state licensing boards requiring pre-licensed interns to undergo psychotherapy as part of licensure requirements, assuming all potential issues are addressed and adequately resolved prior to implementing such a requirement?”

Here’s a link to the results: http://www.goodtherapy.org/201103-poll-results.html#

I’d like to see a poll of how those currently in practice who responded to the poll feel about receiving mandated therapy or peer consultation themselves !  Consumers interested in persuing this line of regulation can contact their State Representative and ask them to work on making positive change for the mental health consumer by revising the requirements for Mental Healh Provider regulation to include mandated continuing psychotherapy or peer consultation hours.

“yoga kitty”

A bit of therapeutic humor! (esp.for cat lovers!)

http://www.yogakitty.com/yogavideos.html

Finding a sane therapist and those to run from!

Every now and then I run across an article about choosing a therapist that I think is worth posting here in my blog as generally a person looking to enter the therapeutic process is not in the clearest state of mind, and may not be capable of making the best decision for themself. So by posting these links/articles I hope to reach those who may be ready to “take a leap of faith in the unknown” of psychotherapy, and provide them with recommendations by others who have been there!

The article is titled Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Selecting a Therapist and it was written by  Mark Sichel, LCSW

http://www.locateadoc.com/articles/everything-you-ever-wanted-to-know-about-selecting-a-therapist-299.html

Repeat after me….work shall not interfere with my free time !!!

So it’s one of those “work assignments” that brings me back to my high school days in terms of avoidance and procrastination! Yes… the “assignment” “es muy importante” and can lead to an increase in salary.My inner perfectionist is putting it off until tomorrow when I will “get it right”, my inner jock has developed a sudden absolute obsession with watching serial games of the NCAA Basketball tournament and my inner health freak has had to get to the gym, My inner child wants to watch the spring flowers emerging from the earth, and my inner chef wants to create the most delicious, long, and complex recipe for dinner which involves a trip to at least two stores for ingredients. My inner housekeeper is also feeling quite fond of getting the laundry done, and well….my blogger is blogging!

….ANYTHING other than that damn work assignment!!!
My inner rebel is screaming in shocking decibels that WORK SHALL NOT INTERFERE WITH MY FREE TIME….and I’m siding with her!

Wish me luck…..were going to have a party and watch the tournament! Monday is another day!

Your therapist may be crazier than you!

from APnews/CBS…your therapist may be crazier than you!
Walk away from bad therapy….if you can!

Fort Riley Therapist Rachelle Santiago Charged with Stalking, Sexually Harassing Soldier
(CBS/AP) Rachelle Santiago, a therapist who was treating a Fort Riley soldier for post-traumatic stress, is accused of stalking the patient in a case that culminated in a high-speed chase after she breached the gates of the Northeast Kansas military installation.

She was charged Monday in a federal criminal complaint with stalking and attempting to elude a pursuing …

more @ http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504083_162-20030245-504083.html