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About Behavioral Medicine Associates - New York

Providing Psychological Care at Physician Offices throughout New York



Behavioral Medicine Associates (BMA) of New York's approach to behavioral treatment is unique, cost effective, and a departure from traditional psychology practice. The vast majority of behavioral care provided in this country is performed in private psychology offices, detached from the patient’s health care. Treatment is fragmented, isolated, and poorly received by the majority of the population as well as by the medical establishment and by insurance carriers.


Key to Our Success



The key to BMA's success in developing a patient base has been to establish offices in medical facilities. BMA is unique because we provide psychological care to patients for specific medical problems at the offices of their treating physicians. This arrangement places BMA in a position to attract patients and to strengthen relationships with the medical community. BMA employs "on-site" New York State licensed psychologists as well as other mental health professionals to provide these services directly to patients. By being "on-site," BMA maximizes patient compliance. In addition, the behavioral care is viewed as part of the routine medical treatment, which helps to avoid the stigma so often attached to these services.

Integrating psychology into an established medical setting enables psychology to gain acceptance, recognition and "standing" in the eyes of patients. The benefits of psychological care, therefore, are available to a population not typically served by this discipline.

There are numerous medical problem areas that require patients to return to their treatment setting on a regular basis such as workplace injuries or illness, occupational disease, slips and falls, head injury, motor vehicle accidents, pedestrian accidents, chronic pain and pain disorders, effects of physical injuries and trauma. The problems for which these patients are being treated also have psychological or "behavioral" components which require treatment. Some of these psychological conditions include depression, anxiety, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), relationship issues, anger, stress, caregiver distress, sleep disorders, pain disorders, work problems and grief and loss. The synergistic effect of traditional medical care/rehabilitation with behavioral treatment results in better outcomes, more significant gains, and ultimately, cost savings. This program of behavioral care is problem-specific; treatment is provided directly for the area of concern, and may include evaluation, therapy, education, and support. New York Psychologists and staff at BMA utilize recent advances in interactive technology to provide services and to reach patients who otherwise could not benefit from these services.

To treat these conditions, psychologists at BMA of New York employ various techniques such as desensitization, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Rational-Emotive Therapy (RET), self-instructional training, exposure therapy, relaxation training, meditation, mindfulness training, Acceptance and Committent Therapy (ACT) and psychosocial support.


One Central Office Streamlines Procedures



New York Psychologists at BMA is administered from a central office in Great Neck, New York. The central BMA staff include four full-time administrators who handle all of the business issues involved in running the organization. Dr. Rombom functions as the clinical director and CEO, overseeing and directing the business operations as well as overseeing the behavioral care. All billing, report generation, collections, scheduling and management is centered at this location. This provides economy of staff, equipment, and supplies. Information transmission by fax and computer allows for instantaneous response to any problem. Clinical files are kept at each office until the patient has been dismissed from care, at which time they are transferred to the central office. This enables any and all requests for information, reports, etc. to be handled from one location.

 

 


 

New York State Licensed Psychologist Dr. Howard M. Rombom and Behavioral Medicine Associates of New York are featured on AllTherapist.com



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