Apparently, BCBS MA’s foray into invading patients’ privacy, which I detailed here, wasn’t good enough. Now, they’re planning on sending invasive surveys to all mental health patients. The surveys are “voluntary,” of course, but if too many of any particular practitioner’s patients don’t respond, s/he may lose his/her annual increase in reimbursement rates, so practitioners will feel under the gun to pressure their patients into responding.
See what the Boston Globe has to say about this. The Boston Herald printed an op-ed piece against it (I don’t know for how long that link will be valid) by Gerald P. Koocher, Ph.D., president of the American Psychological Association and dean of the Simmons College School for Health Studies.
I think I’ll fire off a letter to the Herald and Dr. Koocher.