Implications of the Affordable Care Act for Education and Training in Professional Psychology

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With the ongoing implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Public Law No: 111–148, March 23, 2010) and its impact on the evolving health care system, this article will focus on 4 broad domains of change that the education and training community in psychology must address to ensure that the next generations of health service psychologists are prepared to not just succeed, but lead those changes in health care. Interprofessionalism, workforce analysis and development (including practice settings), finances (reimbursement, health care cost offset, and advocacy), and professional accountability (including accreditation, competency, evidence-based care, specialization, identity and self-definition, and autonomy) will be discussed. Each domain reflects demands for both affordable care and enhanced accountability in the developing health care system. Recommendations for curricular content and clinical training modifications are offered.

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