Dear GPA Members,
We have made it through another week. Again, I am astounded by the generosity of our community. I’m including an update on a number of developments that occurred this week. Our plan is to continue to regularly communicate with you.
We are actively reading your emails and monitoring the GPA listserv. We hear your concerns. While we are not responding to individual emails, please know we are very aware of many of your urgent needs to support your patients, students, and businesses.
Here are this week’s update:
Annual Meeting and Trust Workshop Moved to Virtual Format
The GPA Board has made the decision to move to a virtual format for the Annual Meeting and Trust Workshop for 2020. We continue to plan for Georgia psychologists to have access to high-quality CE offerings. Our goal is to have a plan in place in the next week and be able to update registrants and members. At that point, we will offer alternatives regarding transferring your registration, refunds, etc. The Trust Workshop will occur on April 30
a live, virtual workshop on. Currently, the staff will not have the capacity to process any changes to the Annual Meeting or Trust registrations, so we ask that members and registrants wait to contact the office until we have released the plan next week. The Trust Workshop will occur as a live, virtual workshop on April 30.
Insurance and Managed Care Updates Regarding COVID-19
The Insurance and Managed Care Committee (IMCC) has been hard at work advocating for you. As of last night,
DCH has approved for the distance site for providers
to be their home during this time. We are now communicating with CMOs to clarify that they will follow this guidance.
The IMCC also has collected the
statements of guidance by insurance companies
on their policies around telehealth during the COVID-19. We offer this information as a service.
Psychologists are responsible for their own billing and reimbursement practices and should consult with insurance payors regarding questions.
Updates from the Board of Examiners
The Georgia State Board of Examiners of Psychologists met this morning. They plan to provide some guidance around electronic supervision next week. In addition, they confirmed that they will continue to find alternatives to in-person oral exams and will be in contact with those previously scheduled for in-person oral exams.