Issued:  March 2, 2018

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)

Effective April 1, 2018, Partners is increasing capacity for EMDR Therapy throughout the catchment area.  NC Licensed Practitioners who have completed 20 hours of Emdria-approved Basic Training for EMDR Therapy are eligible to apply to provide this service in the Partners Network. Please refer to the Emdria Training website at for more information.

It is required that all EMDR Providers agree to use A Collaborative Outcome Resource Network (ACORN) as their outcomes measurement tool. Outcome Measurement Training (ACORN) will be offered March 14, 2018 and providers can learn more and register for the training below.

Emdria Definition of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy: “EMDR is an evidence-based psychotherapy for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). In addition, successful outcomes are well-documented in the literature for EMDR treatment of other psychiatric disorders, mental health problems, and somatic symptoms. The model on which EMDR is based, Adaptive Information Processing (AIP), posits that much of psychopathology is due to the maladaptive encoding of and/or incomplete processing of traumatic or disturbing adverse life experiences. This impairs the client’s ability to integrate these experiences in an adaptive manner. The eight-phase, three-pronged process of EMDR facilitates the resumption of normal information processing and integration. This treatment approach, which targets past experience, current triggers, and future potential challenges, results in the alleviation of presenting symptoms, a decrease or elimination of distress from the disturbing memory, improved view of the self, relief from bodily disturbance, and resolution of present and future anticipated triggers.”

The EMDR service code for Medicaid and IPRS is 90837 EM.  The Partners’ enhanced rate for provision of EMDR Therapy is $125 for 60 minutes.

Outcome Measurement Training (ACORN)

“Nearly twenty years of behavioral health care research has demonstrated the value of measurement-based care as a tool for improving the outcomes of care, treatment, or services. The findings are robust and extend across modalities, populations, and settings.” The Joint Commission

Yet, according to an issue brief published by the Kennedy Forum, only 18% of psychiatrists and 11% of psychologists in the U.S. routinely administer symptom rating scales to monitor treatment response.

So, if you must do it, what should one look for in an outcomes measure? The Joint Commission recommends:

  • Well-established psychometric properties (i.e., reliability and validity)
  • Documented sensitivity to change (i.e., the ability to detect true/meaningful changes over time)
  • Use as a repeated measure (i.e., can reliably detect change from administration to administration)
  • Established norms (i.e., the instrument can distinguish between populations that need or do not need services)

Join us for an afternoon of Outcome Measurement training with Dr. Jeb Brown, PhD, and his team from Clinical Informatics, the developers of the Acorn tool.

What:  Outcomes Measurement Training (ACORN)
When:  March 14, 2018, 2:30-4:30 p.m.
Where:  Hickory Crowne Plaza, 1385 Lenoir Rhyne Blvd SE, Hickory, NC 28602

Registration closes Monday, March 12, 2018. Click Here to Register

If you have questions, please contact Roanna Newton (; 828-323-8054).