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Successful Private Practice In The 1990s by Ralph H. Earle, Joan Kaye Beigel

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Introduction

Around every corner in the mental health world these days is someone more than willing to predict the imminent demise of private practice. Nicholas Cummings, Ph.D., past president of the American Psychological Association, has stated that the next decade will see the elimination of 50 percent of those now practicing as independent/solo practitioners [Adams, 1987], Others have estimated that 80 to 85 percent of therapy will be provided through Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs), Preferred Provider Organizations (PPOs), Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs), and other health care organizations of this sort.*

Changes in delivery systems portend other changes as well. Joan** thinks that our health care system will continue to grow ...

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