Healthcare Reform

Updates on state and national healthcare reform efforts.

Wouldn’t It Be Nice?: An Integrated Health Care System

“WOULDN’T IT BE NICE?” An Integrated Health Care System By Pat De Leon, PhD, Former APA President One of the most satisfying aspects of serving at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) is realizing the extent to which APA, APS, various national nursing organizations, and individual psychology and nursing leaders have been…

From Experience We Gain Knowledge: Reflections on Changes in Health Care

From Experience We Gain Knowledge: Reflections on Changes in Health Care Pat DeLeon, PhD. Past President of APA A Seasoned Perspective, Perhaps: One of the advantages of becoming “senior” is developing an appreciation for how long fundamental change actually takes. Today’s insights are often the musings of the past. In 2003, the Robert Wood Johnson…

THE 2015 APA TORONTO CONVENTION

THE 2015 APA TORONTO CONVENTION Pat DeLeon, former APA President – Hawaii Psychological Association Toronto is a beautiful city and the weather was nearly perfect. In between sessions, it was possible to wander through historic neighborhoods and, for example, Canada’s Walk of Fame highlighting actors, musicians, outstanding hockey players — such as Maurice “Rocket” Richard…

There Are No Problems We Cannot Solve Together: Integrating Health Care

THERE ARE NO PROBLEMS WE CANNOT SOLVE TOGETHER: INTEGRATING HEALTH CARE Pat DeLeon, former APA President This summer I was invited to the Florida Psychological Association (FPA) annual convention. It was extremely exciting to see President Lori Butts focus her Town Hall luncheon on the unprecedented changes occurring within the Florida health care environment. As speaker…

We Must Seek an Educational System Which Grows in Excellence: Interdisciplinary Care

WE MUST SEEK AN EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM WHICH GROWS IN EXCELLENCE: INTEGRATING INTERDISCIPLINARY CARE Pat DeLeon, former APA President Interdisciplinary Care: From a health policy perspective, one of the most significant changes occurring within our nation’s healthcare system is the increasing emphasis upon interdisciplinary or interprofessional team-based care. Within the framework of the President’s Patient Protection…

Prescription Privileges for Psychologists: The Foundation for an Expanded Vision

Prescription Privileges for Psychologists: The Foundation for an Expanded Vision by Pat DeLeon, former APA President – Division 12 Federal Involvement: On November 30, 1984, at the Hawaii Psychological Association (HPA) annual convention, U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye urged the membership to amend their state practice act to allow them to independently utilize drugs where appropriate…