Dr. Paula Hartman Stein is a geropsychologist, healthcare educator, and journalist covering Medicare issues for The National Psychologist newspaper. She has edited two books, Enhancing Cognitive Fitness in Adults and Innovative Behavioral Healthcare for Older Adults. Dr. Stein has 30 years of experience in direct patient care in settings that include primary care, hospitals, and private practice. Her current academic appointments include Senior Fellow at the Institute for Life Span Development and Gerontology at the University of Akron and faculty in the Integrated primary care certificate program at the U of Massachusetts Medical School. Active as a national advocate for quality healthcare since 2007, she currently serves on the depression and elder maltreatment screen technical expert panels for CMS. She consults with behavioral healthcare providers regarding medical documentation and quality measures.


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Dr. Hartman-Stein is a nationally recognized healthcare consultant, educator, journalist. and clinical psychologist who specializes in working with older adults and late life families.

Don’t Get Caught! Best Practices for Billing and Documentation (ETHICS)
With Paula Hartman-Stein, PhD
Medicare Columnist, The National Psychologist

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Consultation Services

Dr. Hartman-Stein conducts behavioral wellness groups, individual and family consultations on aging issues including strategies for caring for individuals with memory loss.

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Medicare documentation updates 2018 for psychotherapy are now available

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American Psychological Association is awarding Dr. Paula Hartman-Stein

American Psychological Association is awarding Dr. Paula Hartman-Stein The 2018 APA Award for Distinguished Professional Contributions to Independent Practice She has been invited to present at the APA convention in San Francisco on Sat 08/11 @ 1:00PM – 1:50PM Division/Sponsor: APA-APA; Co-List: APA Board of Professional Affairs, APA Committee on Aging Building/Room: Moscone Center/Room 104

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Updates on Medicare documentation for psychotherapy

New prepayment audits strike fear in Medicare providers The National Psychologist ​ (May/June 2018), 27,3, p1 By Paula Hartman-Stein, Ph.D. Reviews of Medicare claims using the traditional “pay and chase” method are nothing new, but if documentation is not thorough or if billing practices vary significantly from peers, recent pre-payment audits will threaten the existence

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Alcohol Misuse Rises Among Older Adults

Alcohol Misuse Rises Among Older Adults December 5, 2017 It had been a stressful day. Recently retired, Mary now spends her time caring for her elderly parents, an hour’s drive away, and today had been particularly trying. Her father, with dementia, had been uncooperative, and the whole day had felt like a long battle. Mary

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Alzheimer’s update

Exercise can help people with Alzheimer’s stay healthy, prevent certain diseases, and have better sleep habits. Help them try all 4 types of exercise: endurance, strength, balance, and flexibility. Endurance: Take walks or dance together. Strength: Lift weights or household items such as soup cans. Balance: Try Go4Life balance exercises, using a wall or a

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