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

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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