Threat of Tariff cuts, coding issues, clinical notes, VBC

Dear Members of the CPF, 2020 has been an extraordinary year in many respects and exceptional challenges have presented themselves especially in the professional spaces in which we work, as well as deeply personal adjustments being demanded from many of us. With the advent of the lockdown after our president declared a national state of disaster on 15th March of this year due to the spread of CoVi... »

Lockdown, Pandemics, Safety and Psychotherapy by Dr. Pauline Mawson

First, I must start off with an apology for the delay and silence over the last few weeks. It has been a bit crazy as I am sure most of you can relate, and lately I have certainly felt like Eeyore. So, as we entered Level 2 of the lockdown, I felt this sense of relief. Maybe, just possibly this would give us just a chance to breathe, whilst still taking all the safety precautions into consideratio... »

Response to DH mental health payment letter

Dear colleague, Many of you will have received a notice from Discovery Health recently and we have several letters of concern regarding the content thereof. Please take note of our position on this matter: The CPF in conjunction with Counselling Psychology South Africa (CPSA) have been engaged in a single meeting on Thursday 6th August with DH around a “payment agreement” which they no... »

RE: DH Announcement: Mental Health Payment Arrangement – 20-08-2020

The CPF is concerned with the latest circular from Discovery Health that was sent out on 20-08-2020. The CPF wishes to inform it’s members and other professionals that no agreement has been made with DH around this matter and that they are acting out of their own volition. We remain concerned with issues of confidentiality with regard to the HealthID and any notes that may be made on their p... »

Value Based Care – An Introduction

Dear member, The attached document provides you with a summary of Value Based Care by Gerhard Grundling in the healthcare industry. As we discussed in our webinar on Saturday, 9 May 2020, this is the future of the healthcare industry in South Africa. The CPF, along with other relevantly licensed professional categories of the psychology profession, is in discussion with the major medical schemes o... »

Member notice regarding Discovery Form and Bestmed Circular

Dear CPF member, An Update on Two Important Matters: 1. Discovery have sent the so-called representing professional bodies a draft version of an extended form of the AT&PVCon Report on the understanding that we may not yet share it with our members despite the purpose being that we want to debate it with our members. The new draft is considerably longer and is purported to be an attempt to mov... »

Psychologist Self-Care During the Pandemic: Now More Than Ever

Abstract The COVID-19 crisis has transformed the lives and practices of psychologists and has highlighted the need for time-efficient self-care. The anxiety among psychologists (and humans) is practically universal—nearly every psychologist worldwide is experiencing some negative impact on their mental health. We offer nine research-supported, practitioner-friendly methods of self-care to manage a... »

A Pandemic and Telepsychology: The Hundred Acre Wood, Fable or Foe?

A Pandemic and Telepsychology: The Hundred Acre Wood, Fable or Foe?

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Statement Regarding Claims and Telepsychology

Dear CPF Members, You may have been aware of many panic driven messages circulating the informal platforms for social media. Please do not react to anything until you receive an official guidance instruction from the CPF or from the medical schemes directly. Basically at present we continue engaging with Discovery regarding details they have suggested in terms of claims. Until we have completed su... »

Medscheme Engagement

Dear CPF Member, During the COVID-19 pandemic, and the 21-day national lockdown, we have seen unprecedented measures taken to ensure every individual’s health and safety. In support of Government’s efforts to flatten the curve of infection rates, healthcare practitioners have had to adapt their means of service delivery. For the profession of Psychology, this has meant an exploration of the new fr... »