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Multi-State Summit on Delineating Alternative Practice, Legal and Financial Models for Integration
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When: 5/30/2015
7:30 am - 7 pm
Where: Mount Sinai Roosevelt
1000 Tenth Avenue
2nd Floor
New York, NY  10019
Contact: NYSPA Central Office

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The Next Phase of Health Care Reform: Practical Steps for New Practice and Business Models for Psychologists / Neuropsychologists

Registration has closed for this event. There will not be onsite registration as the event has reached capacity.

6 CE Credits Available! 

We are excited to announce a one-day summit on integration and alternative practice models set for May 30 in New York City.  Practitioners from psychology / neuropsychology and medicine are invited to come together to network and learn the nuts and bolts of getting involved in, working in and developing systems that promote integrated health care. Panels of experts representing clinicians, hospitals, and insurers will give interactive presentations on:

  • Basic first steps in integration
  • New practice models that promote integration
  • The importance of traditional mental health and neuropsychological services in integrated systems
  • Collaborating with insurers to advance integration
  • Working integrated hospital settings
  • Improving communication &collaboration between psychology and medicine.

Participants are invited to a closing reception to further network and exchange of ideas.

This event is major collaboration between the New York State Psychological Association (NYSPA), the American Psychological Association Practice Organization, the New Jersey Psychological Association, Connecticut Psychological Association, Pennsylvania Psychological Association, New York State Association of Neuropsychology and American Hospital Association.

Register early as seating is limited for the onsite program.

7:30 – 8:15 AM   Registration and breakfast
8:15 – 8:30 AM

Introductory Remarks

  • Shirley Ann Higuchi, JD
    Associate Executive Director, Legal and Regulatory Affairs
    American Psychological Association Practice Organization (APAPO)
  • Leonard Davidman, PhD
    President, New York State Psychological Association (NYSPA)
  • Chris Morrison, PhD
    President, New York State Association of Neuropsychology (NYSAN)
8:30 - 9:00 AM   Keynote Address: Susan McDaniel, PhD, ABPP, APA President-Elect
9:00 - 10:00 AM  

Practical and Evidence-Based First Steps for Integration
Considerations for solo and small-practice providers. Discussants will provide information regarding practical steps and risk management aspects of integration.


  • W. Douglas Tynan, PhD, ABPP
    Director, Integrated Health Care, American Psychological Association


  • Eric Harris, EdD, JD
    Risk Management Consultant, The Trust 
  • Margaret Lanca, PhD
    Director of Adult Neuropsychology and Psychological Testing and Training, Cambridge Health Alliance, Harvard Medical School 
10:00 - 10:15 AM   Break
10:15 AM - 12:15 PM  

Alternative Practice Models and Anti-Trust Considerations
Overview of viable alternative practice models with practical advice for those interested in Independent Practice Associations (IPA) and Management Services Organizations (MSO), as well as steps to take to avoid antitrust scrutiny.

Moderator:  Shirley Ann Higuchi, JD


  • Kevin Ryan, Esq.
    Partner, Epstein Becker & Green
  • Kevin Arnold, PhD, ABPP
    Center for Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy
  • Keith Baird, PhD, ABPP
    President of Heritage Professional Associates, Co-Founder of Behavioral Care Management, LLC
  • Geoffrey D.P. Kanter, PhD, ABN, APBdN
    Comprehensive MedPsych Systems, Inc.
12:15 - 1:15 PM   Lunch On Your Own
1:15 - 3:15 PM  

Working with Payers to Foster Integration for Mental Health and Neuropsychological Services
Panelists will discuss collaboration with third-party payers to foster integration and trends in reimbursement for service.


  • Vince Bellwoar, PhD
    CEO, Associates of Springfield Psychological


  • Mark Friedlander, MD, MBA
    Chief Medical Officer, Aetna Behavioral Health
  • Linda Tiano, Esq.
    Epstein Becker & Green
  • Bruce Bobbitt, PhD
    Sr. Vice President, Optum 
3:15 - 3:30 PM   Break
3:30 - 4:45 PM  

How Psychologists and Physicians Can Communicate and Collaborate More Effectively 
Panelists will share their experiences in developing and maintaining strong relationships across disciplines.


  • Barbara Ward-Zimmerman, PhD
    Behavioral Health and Primary Care Integration Consultant


  • Jeff Walter
    Vice President, Hartford HealthCare
  • Nancy Ruddy, PhD
    Vice President, Patient Engagement, McCann Health
  • Ruth Deitz, MD
    Summit Health
4:45 - 7:00 PM  

Networking Reception

Drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be served.  The reception, sponsored by The Trust, will feature remarks by distinguished guests and provide an opportunity to network with stakeholders interested in integrated health care: psychologists, neuropsychologists, medical professionals, insurers, hospital and other system administrators


Registration Fees:

  $125 In-Person Registration SOLD OUT!

  $125 Live Web-Stream still available!


6 CE credits have been approved and are included as part of the registration fee.



The Trust

American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology

The American Board of Professional Neuropsychology

National Academy of Neuropsychology

APA Division 40

Health Assets Management


Optum Corporation

Epstein Becker & Green

Bruce Hillowe


More to Come!