Medicare documentation updates for 2018 for psychotherapy services include suggestions for elements to include for thorough charting, a sample of template for a psychotherapy session, information about differences between health care fraud  and unintentional waste, as well as tips about using two quality measures that are voluntary for psychologists and social workers in 2018.
Price is $55 including tax and handling. Information will be sent in an electronic format unless requested that guidelines be sent via first class mail.


Medicare documentation updates 2018 for psychotherapy are now available.

A 68 minute compliance DVD, attestation certificate, psychotherapy documentation suggestions for $197, including postage, handling and tax. Allow 2 weeks for delivery.

$197 including postage and handling Please allow 2 weeks for delivery


Dr. Hartman-Stein offers consultations to Behavioral Health practices regarding Medicare documentation suggestions for psychotherapy.
Consultation fee is $250 per hour.


by James Georgoulakis, MBA, Ph.D., J.D.

“How to Develop a Mandatory Compliance Plan for a Psych practice”
Compliance plans in clinical practices that provide service to Medicare patients were once voluntary. With the passage of the Affordable Care Act, under section 6401, all clinical practices, even those with a solo provider, are required to have a compliance plan that covers 7 basic elements.

Daniel R. Levinson, Inspector General, confirmed this on September 22, 2010:
“The Affordable Care Act requires providers and suppliers to adopt, as a condition of enrollment, compliance programs that meet a core set of requirements…”Now available is a new 68 minute DVD covering practical information on how to develop a compliance plan that meets the minimum one hour annual training required, one of the 7 elements. A certificate attesting to your training that can be placed in your compliance manual will be sent via email.
During this conversational style webinar in a DVD format, Paula Hartman-Stein, Ph.D., clinical psychologist, health care consultant, and Medicare correspondent for The National Psychologist
interviews James Georgoulakis, MBA, Ph.D., J.D., asking questions pertinent to the practice of psychologists, psychiatrists and clinical social workers.
Background and credentials of Dr. Georgoulakis:
  • Clinical psychologist
  • Attorney with a concentration in health care law
  • MBA in health care administration
  • Consultant to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the American Medical Association, and the Department of the Army.
  • Co-author of The Compliance Officer’s Handbook and more than 30 articles in the area of healthcare compliance.
  • Source for The National Psychologist on Medicare practice news for over 15 years.

Click here to read other National Psychologist articles on audit triggers, PQRS, and other Medicare information for mental health.

Fraud grabs headlines but psychologists more often troubled by poor documentation
(November-December 2016, Vol 25, 6, p.6)




What readers are saying:

“This book is a significant step forward in educating professionals and consumers alike about the need for personalized and holistic care for older persons who evidence cognitive signs of aging. Standing on the solid scientific foundation of how community and social engagement enhance cognitive health, Paula Hartman Stein and Asenath La Rue should be heralded for their bold effort in producing one of the most innovative and daring books of the decade on cognitive fitness!”
Donna Rasin-Waters, PhD, Clinical Psychologist and Neuropsychologist, 2011 President of NY State Psych Association

“Paula Hartman-Stein and Asenath Larue have pulled together a comprehensive book on wellness; from cognitive training and stimulation to exercise, music therapy and meditation. Each chapter is written by leading experts and one comes away with an in-depth understanding of how to enhance the lives of older adults. This book is not only timely, but very much needed as it integrates various aspects of wellness and successful aging in one volume.”

Peter A. Lichtenberg, Ph.D., ABPP, Director, Institute of Gerontology, Director, Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute Professor of Psychology Wayne State University


Purchase Behavioral Competence Inventory (BCI)©

In 1999, Dr. Hartman-Stein developed the Behavioral Competence Inventory (BCI)©
The BCI is a 106 item caregiver report measure of the breadth of the functional behavioral repertoire of older adults at risk for dementia. The 106 items are divided into 7 separate sub-scales:

  • Self-Care
  • Instrumental Activities of Daily Living
  • Memory/Orientation
  • Social Interaction
  • Compensates for Incapacities
  • Behavioral Excesses
  • Behavioral Deficits

The BCI is sold in a test kit of 50 sets each, including grading
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Innovative Behavioral Healthcare for Older Adults: A Guidebook for Changing Times 1st Edition


Hartman-Stein’s book offers timely guidance to policymakers and the general public. With all the effort we make to live longer, we also must be willing to take the steps illuminated here to enhance the quality and satisfaction possible in our later years