The Business of Practice: Are You and Your Practice at Risk?
Jul
14
8:30 AM08:30

The Business of Practice: Are You and Your Practice at Risk?

Join Elizabeth as she presents at San Fernando Valley’s CAMFT meeting at Woodland Hills Country Club at 21150 Dumetz Road in Woodland Hills, CA 91364 on Sunday, July 14th. Registration/networking begin at 8:30am, and the presentation will begin at 9:00am. 1.5 CE Credit Hours.

Presentation Summary: Many myths float around the therapist community, like, “Write short, vague notes in case the notes are used in court,” or, “Private pay therapists don’t really need to keep progress notes,” and these mistruths contribute to therapists making inadvertent documentation errors that can have significant consequences for them and for their clients. This engaging presentation is geared at increasing clinicians’ understanding of the legal, ethical, and liability-related factors that come into play with clinical documentation, regardless of whether they accept insurance, public funding like MediCal or MediCare, or private pay. There will also be discussion about strategies for clinicians about how to conceptualize Medical Necessity and efficiently and simply integrate it into different clinical documentation components.

Objectives:
Upon completing this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify at least three important components of quality clinical progress notes

  2. List at least two legal/ethical considerations that affect documentation practices

  3. Provide a general definition of the term ‘Medical Necessity’ as related to Clinical Documentation

Price/Registration:
$15 SFV-CAMFT chapter member (online Sunday prior to event 11:59pm)
$25 non chapter member (online Sunday prior to event 11:59pm)
$30 for all (online week of event or walk-ins)

No phone or email RSVP.
No cash or check, credit card only (SFV CAMFT accept Visa, Mastercard, Discover).

Visit the chapter’s event calendar here to register: https://www.sfvcamft.org/Calendar-of-events

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Best Practice: Documentation Habits that Keep You, Your Clients, and Your Practice Safe
Sep
13
10:00 AM10:00

Best Practice: Documentation Habits that Keep You, Your Clients, and Your Practice Safe

Join Elizabeth as she presents at Ventura County’s CAMFT meeting at Spanish Hills Country Club at 999 Crestview Ave. in Camarillo, CA 93010 on Friday, September 13th. 3 CE credit hours to be provided by VC CAMFT.

Course Outline: Learn what does (and doesn't) need to be in your clinical notes, and also learn ways to improve the quality of the care you provide to your clients. Many clinicians are making grave documentation errors that could either cost them their licenses or their livelihood, and can also have significant impact on their clients receiving the care they need. Learn the laws, save time, save energy, and be a better clinician! This 3-CE Law & Ethics course describes Best Practice with regard to clinical documentation and client care, and discusses the following topics: California laws and regulations relating to clinical documentation, Medical Necessity, different note formats, and how to document efficiently (ie- save time and energy!). This presentation is appropriate for both associate Marriage & Family Therapists in all clinical environments, including cash-based private practices, managed care-based offices and facilities, and County-contracted treatment centers. Don’t wait until it’s too late to learn what needs to be in your clinical documentation; a little knowledge goes a very long way.

This presentation will provide:

  • An overview of California laws and regulations that impact clinical documentation, as well as an overview of the various federal, state (CA), and managed care-based definitions of the term ‘Medical Necessity’

  • A review of the significant consequences relating inadequate clinical documentation practices

  • A discussion of the key components of quality clinical progress notes, including strategies for clinicians about how to conceptualize Medical Necessity and save time while documenting, including easy-to-understand examples via handouts and hands-on exercises

  • A review of the differences between the various common progress note formats, and how to effectively use them

  • Educational Goals and Learning Objectives

Upon completing the course, participants will be able to:

  1. List two legal and ethical implications of inadequate clinical documentation practices

  2. Identify three important components of quality clinical documentation as they relate to Best Practice

  3. Integrate two research-supported interventions and treatment/discharge planning strategies into behavioral health services in order to improve the quality of care

Cost for 3 CE Extended General Luncheon:
$50 – Prelicensed VC-CAMFT Members
$60 – Clinical and Associated VC-CAMFT Members
$70 – Nonmembers, Late Reservations, and Walk-ins

Reservation/Cancellation: Hospitality vc_camft@yahoo.com

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Improving Utilization Review Outcomes By Way of Integrated Outcome Measures
Mar
14
2:50 AM02:50

Improving Utilization Review Outcomes By Way of Integrated Outcome Measures

Join Elizabeth Irias, LMFT and Robert Scholz, LPCC, LMFT at this year’s C-Suite in Riverside, co-sponsored by Clearly Clinical, for an engaging discussion about how truly integrated outcome measures can improve UR processes.

Length of Presentation: 60 minutes

Description: As scrutiny from commercial insurers continues to heighten, collecting reimbursement from insurance providers remains a daunting and complicated pursuit. Both the administrative and clinical sides of the business must be aligned in prioritizing the quality of patient care to improve clinical outcomes and capture the insurance reimbursement necessary to keep the doors open. Medical necessity drives the revenue cycle, yet sub-par documentation, outcome measures, and medical records continue to present a huge challenge for most providers, often resulting in significant financial losses.

Utilization Review guru Elizabeth Irias, LMFT, and clinical systems expert Robert Scholz, LPCC, LMFT have collaborated to present solutions for prioritizing patient care by way of outcomes measures like Feedback Informed Treatment (FIT) while improving Utilization Review outcomes. FIT is a collaborative and deliberate approach for evaluating and improving the efficacy of therapeutic services, and research shows that programs utilizing FIT strategies are able to more effectively keep clients in treatment, improve their treatment outcomes, and identify earlier those clients whose symptoms are worsening, while simultaneously working toward the satisfaction of requirements issued by accrediting bodies like The Joint Commission. Attendees can expect to gain insight into how clinical documentation and integrated outcome measures directly impact the entire revenue cycle, from the front-line initial authorization requests to the bitter end in appeals via medical record reviews. Best practice strategies for protecting the long-term health of your business by appropriately integrating outcome measures will be discussed alongside first-hand experience from these treatment providers on the practical application of these concepts.

Objectives: Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:
- Provide one or more definitions for the term Medical Necessity
- List two or more research findings that support the use of routine monitoring of the therapeutic alliance and outcomes
- Describe how outcome measures contribute to the establishment of Medical Necessity in relation to Utilization Review

Visit http://www.theprofessionalview.com/event/annual-executive-c-suite-1-day-symposium/ to register!

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Skills and Strategies for Leveling the UR Playing Field
Oct
26
2:00 PM14:00

Skills and Strategies for Leveling the UR Playing Field

Fifth Annual CCAPP California Addiction Conference

Presenter: Elizabeth Irias, LMFT

It’s time for providers to stop bringing pocket change to the high-stakes poker game of Utilization Review: The secret is in the strategy.  Join Elizabeth Irias, LMFT, a guru in the realm of Utilization Review, for an engaging presentation that provides critical information and strategies to improve concurrent review outcomes.

This presentation is designed to increase the effectiveness of behavioral health and addictive disorder Utilization Review practices in order to improve the quality of patient care and treatment outcomes. Also, this talk offers clinicians background information and strategies about how to improve Utilization Review outcomes in an ethically- and legally-sound manner.

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The Initial Auth Call: Establishing Medical Necessity Right Out of the Gate
Oct
17
9:45 AM09:45

The Initial Auth Call: Establishing Medical Necessity Right Out of the Gate

6th Annual Admissions & Marketing Symposium
Ethics, Best Practices and Effective Strategies Training for Executive, Admissions and Marketing Professionals

Presenter: Elizabeth Irias, LMFT

It’s time for providers to stop bringing pocket change to the high-stakes poker game of Initial Authorizations: The secret is in the strategy. Join Elizabeth Irias, LMFT, a guru in the realm of Utilization Review, for an engaging presentation that provides critical information and strategies to improve Initial Authorization outcomes in an ethically- and legally-sound manner. This talk sheds light on ever-illusive Medical Necessity, and also offers programs insight about how integrating Medical Necessity into admissions documentation can improve the quality of care their patients receive. Join this presentation to sharpen your skills and better help your clients in need.

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Standing Out From The Crowd: The Research-Backed Secrets of Great Therapists
Oct
6
4:00 PM16:00

Standing Out From The Crowd: The Research-Backed Secrets of Great Therapists

Therapy Reimagined Conference
Innovative. Cutting Edge. Authentic. Creative. Real. And grounded in best practices - legally, ethically, and clinically. Let’s reimagine therapy for the modern age!

Presenters: Robert Scholz, LMFT, LPCC & Elizabeth Irias, LMFT

Presentation Description: Like any great “artist” - actress, athlete, musician, psychotherapist - top performers take the time to appraise their skills, measure their effectiveness and make adjustments that make them better. Feedback Informed Treatment (FIT) is a collaborative and deliberate approach for evaluating and improving the efficacy of therapy services. Through consistent and formal feedback conversations with clients about the therapeutic alliance and progress on treatment goals, therapy services are rigorously evaluated and then tailored to meet the dynamic needs and treatment goals of clients. Easy to integrate with most theoretical models of therapy, research shows that clinicians utilizing FIT strategies are able to more effectively keep clients in treatment, improve their treatment outcomes and identify earlier those clients whose symptoms are worsening. Simple and time-sensitive FIT measures will be discussed, demonstrated and practiced during this interactive session.

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