Debate: Granting Clinical Psychologists Prescribing Privileges

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Jul 12, 2012
  1. Psychology Student
    (NOTE: I posted this exact same question in the Ph.D section. This was intentional. I wanted two different perspectives)

    As you know, clinical psychologists are already permitted to supervise the hospital care of their Medicare patients under current law. The new Medicare Mental Health Access Act (S. 483/HR 831) undermines necessary medical training and would allow clinical psychologists to supervise the overall care of patients in inpatient facilities that receive Medicare reimbursement. Furthermore, if this bill is passed, it could provide momentum for legislation in states to expand scope of practice and grant clinical psychologists the ability to prescribe potent psychiatric medications without a medical degree.

    How do you guys feel about this? Do you think that psychologists having prescribing privileges would negatively affect the psychiatric practice? Should Psychologists be allowed to have prescribing privileges?
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