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Book and Media Reviews
August 26, 2009

Geropsychology and Long Term Care: A Practitioner’s Guide

JAMA. 2009;302(8):900-904. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.1253

This unique book is a practical guide to issues associated with the provision of geropsychology services in long-term care settings. The book is organized around the processes of providing geropsychology care.

Chapter 1, by Norris, provides an overview of various policies governing the provision of geropsychological services to long-term care residents. Included are practical overviews of limitations on outpatient mental health treatment; determination of local coverage by Medicare administrative contractors; consultation requirements; billing and coding; and excluded service issues. The chapter provides an introduction for practitioners, summarizing policy and reimbursement issues that need to be presented, relating these topics to local practice and reimbursement environments.

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