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Happy Thanksgiving from CPA


CPA to Host Happy Hour for Members - RSVP Today!

The Colorado Psychological Association is delighted to host a socially-distant virtual Happy Hour for CPA members. We will be meeting via Zoom and are looking forward to the opportunity to connect with you! 
We'll plan on meeting as a whole group for ice-breaker activities, networking, and even a scavenger hunt you can do in the comfort of your own home. 
This event is BYOB - we will send along beverage recipes (cocktails and mocktails) to registered attendees ahead of time.
We are excited to join together and connect with you - we hope to see you there!  




APA Advocacy Action Alert: Urge Congress to prevent steep Medicare payment cuts in 2021

Posted: November 23, 2020

Unless Congress takes action, Medicare reimbursement rates for services provided by psychologists and many other healthcare providers will be cut sharply next year. This is a result of changes that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have proposed making in regards to how Medicare pays for routine physician office visits.

Reps. Ami Bera, MD (D-CA) and Larry Bucshon, MD (R-IN) introduced H.R. 8702, the “Holding Providers Harmless From Medicare Cuts During COVID-19 Act of 2020,” to prevent these cuts. The legislation would protect psychologists and other Medicare providers from cuts by providing temporary supplemental payments for the next two years to ensure that reimbursements for services were no lower than 2020 levels.

We urge psychologists to ask their House members to cosponsor H.R. 8702 and to ask their Senators to work to enact similar legislation before the year ends.

The CMS-proposed Medicare Physician Fee Schedule for 2021 includes an updated coding structure for routine outpatient visits provided by physicians and certain nonphysician providers, known as evaluation and management (E/M) services. The new E/M billing codes will be simplified and paid at a higher rate than the current codes. Because federal law requires budget neutrality in Medicare payment policy changes, CMS proposed deep cuts to a wide range of services in 2021 to offset the increased payments for outpatient E/M services.

Our nation’s health care system, its patients, and its providers are struggling with the COVID-19 pandemic. In the midst of this crisis, Congress can provide a critical reprieve for psychologists and other healthcare providers from substantial payment reductions by passing H.R. 8702.



The Trust: 4-Part Series

CPA is excited to let you know that our partner, The Trust, has just announced their new series, “We Hold These Truths: Perspectives on Health Disparities, Racial Identities & Cultural Humility.”

This 4-part series will examine how societal issues, including racial injustice, movements for racial equity, health disparities, and adverse experiences due to systemic racism, have historically impacted communities of color. 

They have made this free to all association members, who’ll earn CE for each part. You can go here for details, including session descriptions and learning objectives, or click on the part number and date below to register for each individual session.


Intersectional Perspectives on the Pandemic,
Cultural Fissures and Calls for Change (1 CE)
Systemic Racism in Psychology: National Ethnic
Minority Psychological Association (NEMPA) (1.5 CEs)
Whiteness, White Supremacy and White Privilege (1 CE)
Cultural Humility: An Ethical Imperative (1 CE)


We hope you’ll be able to take advantage of this opportunity to participate in some, if not all, of these. If you cannot, please know that The Trust will make on-demand versions available for each part afterwards that you can watch at your convenience.

This is just one of the many benefits that our members receive from our partnership with The Trust!



2020 Ethics Workshop and Annual Meeting Recap

Thanks to all who joined our CPA Annual Meeting this past Friday. We were thrilled to see so many members join and congratulations to Sarah McConnell, Dena Sorkin, Leslie LeFevre, and Chaitra Wirta-Leiker who won an Amazon gift card! 
You can view the recording of the meeting here. We encourage you to become further involved with CPA by joining a Committee, Task Force, Liaison or Division. Please submit your interest here: 
A special congratulations to Dr. Julie Jacobs, winner of the Dr. Sarah Burgamy APA Citizen Psychologist Award! Julie, thank you for your dedication to help CPA pass groundbreaking legislation to expand mental health services and ensure the safety of the patients we serve.
We look forward to updating you on the development and implementation of our strategic plan and other initiatives as the year progresses. 
CPA Board of Directors 

Interested in viewing the Annual Meeting or purchasing the recording of the Ethics Workshop? Access below! 

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