Joining insurance panels

Discussion in 'Psychology [Psy.D. / Ph.D.]' started by CPG80, May 26, 2008.

  1. CPG80

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    Hi friends: This topic/question may interest our forum members that are licensed psychologists and in private practice. I'm a fairly newly (3 mos) licensed psychologist in Georgia. I am interested in starting a private practice and just learned that most of the insurance companies I called (BCBS & Aetna to name a few) indicated that a psychologist must be licensed for at least two years before being able to join a panel. Have others had experiences like this or similar to this? I was wondering whether physicians have the same or a similar wait?

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    I wouldn't say that this is common; but it is not unique either. Several panels request 2-3 years beyond licensure. Most, do not. In medicine, several panels require board certification, so in a sense, that is pretty similar. You should still find a number of panels that are license only requirements.
     
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    Thank you for the clear response.
     
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    Is Georgia one of the states that does not require a postdoc year for licensing? If so, it would be equivalent to the one year post-license requirement I've come across. I really don't know much about the issue. I'm doing my best to avoid joining any panels and so far have been able to mostly pretend they don't exist.
     
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    United Behavioral Health requires masters-level therapists to have at least 5 years experience post-licensure (not post-degree) before they will consider an application to come on panel. I don't know whether they have a similar stipulation for doctoral-level practitioners.

    It has always been my understanding that due to the shortage of psychiatrists, there is usually not a wait time, just a requirement of having an active and unrestricted license in that state.
     
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    Georgia requires 1500 hours of post-doctoral 'supervised work experience'. I'll have to look into it further and see if it counts as a year for some panels. BCBS explicitly told me that it's two years post licensure.

    I'm trying to do my best avoiding panels also. Most psychologists I speak with though generally find it very difficult to avoid panels and recommended that I could start that way and eventually phase it out. Many of my colleagues that don't use panels have solid referral sources which are usually primary care physicians. I suppose the key is to develop reliable referral sources. Developing specialties is probably another angle. What do you think has worked well for you?
     
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    I've heard some rumblings about BCBS panels being particularly picky, whether it is 5 year minimum or accepting people at all.
     

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