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David Jensen’s workshop on “What the Law Expects from Me, Part IV”, was informative, humorous and worth the time.

One of the key benefits was the suggestion that the DSM-5 website offered useful assessment scales for clinicians.  David indicated that it might be in our interest to use these scales from a clinical and legal perspective and that they could be helpful in dealing with managed care companies.

Using these scales with new patients can help formulate a case.  The self-reporting aspect of the questionnaires provides insight into the problem areas identified by the patient.  In addition, short versions of the (rating) scales can be used to show progress over weeks and months, a boon to dealing with insurance companies.

These scales provide an accepted standard to measure areas of concern for patients as well as the presence of symptoms and symptom relief over time.

If you are interested in checking out these tools, go to

http://www.psychiatry.org/psychiatrists/practice/dsm/dsm-5/online-assessment-measures

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