On April 1, 2014, President Obama signed into law the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014. This new law prevents a scheduled payment reduction for physicians and other practitioners who treat Medicare patients from taking effect on April 1, 2014. This new law maintains the 0.5 percent update for such services that applied from January 1, 2014 through March 31, 2014 for the period April 1, 2014 through December 31, 2014. It also provides a zero percent update to the 2015 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) through March 31, 2015.

The new law extends several expiring provisions of law. We have included Medicare billing and claims processing information associated with the new legislation. Please note that these provisions do not reflect all of the Medicare provisions in the new law, and more information about other provisions will be forthcoming.

Details about the contents of the law can be accessed at CMS.


I just learned that the correct deadline date for the Renewal Laws & Rules course we licensed mental health professionals are required to take is March 15. 2019.  I apologize for any inconvenience this error may have caused my training participants.

New CE Requirement for Licensure Renewals

Within the 30 required renewal CE’s, you must now complete a 3 hour laws and rules update course every third biennium.

Current licensees would need to complete the course by the biennium ending 3/31/19.

Licensees in their first biennium, (which are exempt from CE’s for renewal) would need to meet the requirement by the biennium ending 3/31/21.

For more information on this requirement, please review Rule 64B4-6.001, Florida Administrative Code.


MHCounselor National Exam Debate – Retake the exam? Really?

December 24, 2013

I heard in one of my workshops recently that there is talk online that Florida LMHCs will be required to re-take (or take) the national NCMHCE exam.  After the workshop, I began to inquire about the rumor. I learned of no requirement from the State of Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family […]

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Legal Self Defense for Mental Health Practitioners

October 11, 2013

Legal Self Defense for Mental Health Practitioners Robert Henley Woody, PhD, JD Published by Springer in 2012 ISBN: 978-0-8261-9565-4 eBook ISBN: 978-0-8261-9565-1 This book has been a great resource for me and my continuing education program attendees.  So, I thought that I would share a review and description of its key features for all of you […]

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Locked In

August 16, 2013

Since the 1980s when financial support for community mental health was drastically cut and eventually eliminated our communities and our seriously mentally ill have been literally  ”left out in the cold” or locked in.  Back when we lived in another state where winters were cold the most likely intervention that my husband had to use […]

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Do we HAVE to use the DSM-5?

June 12, 2013

This is a follow-up to my previous blog post by a participant in our online LinkedIn group (Mental Health and Clinical Social Work Forum).  The following questions were posed: “I am wondering what you suggest for those of us who bill insurance companies. Won’t they require the new dx codes?” (Crystal M)  ”Won’t they accept […]

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Should Social Workers use the new DSM-5?

June 9, 2013

http://www.socialworkhelper.com/2013/06/07/should-social-workers-use-dsm-5/ Dr. Allen Frances*, author of the book Saving Normal  has written again about the new DSM.  This brief article references the largest group of professional users of the DSM (social workers constitute 50% of all users) and speaks to many controversies surrounding the development of the new manual.  This is a quick little article […]

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DSM-5: A Call to Opposition for Social Workers

May 28, 2013

Social workers are perceived to blindly be accepting the new DS-5.  Is that so?  Are you not incensed by the pathologizing of typical developmental behaviors in children and other similar characterizations?   The article clearly provides justification for social workers to protest and oppose the new DSM and provides steps to easily do so .   […]

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We’re All Mad…

May 22, 2013

Well, it is official.  We are all probably diagnosable.  Check out this article from the NY Post about the advent of the new DSM-5.  Yesterday = normal, today = mad.  What do you think about this  development in our probable future clinical assessment process?  Lots of clinicians and organizations refuse to use the new DSM-5. […]

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Psychiatry’s Guide Is Out of Touch with Science, Experts Say

May 7, 2013

Despite years of working on revisions to the DSM, the science to make the new version satisfactory seems to be lacking the specificity many want in a diagnostic manual.  What have you learned about the new DSM V that will be released soon? Psychiatry’s Guide is Out of Touch with Science, Experts Say By PAM BELLUCK and BENEDICT […]

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