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Monthly Workshop 6 CEUs - What EVERY Therapist Should Know About Insurance -- Even if You Want Nothing to Do With It presented by Barbara Griswold

  • Fri, January 26, 2018
  • 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Rancho Cordova City Hall, 2729 Prospect Park Drive, Rancho Cordova, CA 95670
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  • Must be a 2018 SVC-CAMFT Affiliate Member to receive this discounted rate
  • Must be a 2018 Licensed\Clinical or Associate SVC-CAMFT Member to receive this discounted rate
  • If you are NOT a SVC-CAMFT member and you are a LCSW, LPCC, LEP or LMFT choose this rate.
  • If you are NOT a SVC-CAMFT member and do NOT need CEUs this is the option you choose.
  • Must be a 2018 Student\Trainee or Intern SVC-CAMFT Member to receive this discounted rate

Topic:  What EVERY Therapist Should Know About Insurance -- Even if You Want Nothing to Do With It
Barbara Griswold, LMFT
Date:  Friday, January 26, 2018
Time: 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Location: Rancho Cordova City Hall,
2729 Prospect Park Drive,
Rancho Cordova, CA 95670 (map)

Doors Open at 8:30AM
Networking starts at 8:30 AM

Annual Membership Meeting Starts at 9:00 AM

This program will benefit LMFT, LPCC, LEP and LCSW licensees and pre licensees by assisting them to be able to identify legal and ethical issues that relate to insurance and documentation, including confidentiality concerns and insurance fraud. A knowledge of how insurance works can also help the licensee advocate on the client's behalf with the plan.

Includes: Continental Breakfast, Soft Taco Lunch Buffet, afternoon drinks and snacks and meets the qualifications for 6 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.  Sacramento Valley Chapter of California Marriage and Family Therapist CAMFT CEPA CE Provider #62279 CE Credit will be awarded after the completion of the course via email. 
No CEs will be awarded to persons arriving late or leaving early. Partial CE credit will not be awarded.

Workshop Information:

The Affordable Care Act brought coverage to millions of previously uninsured clients, and led Medi-Cal to open the door to MFTs and interns. But therapists are also experiencing increasing treatment reviews and records requests -- even out of network therapists. How might these and other changes in the insurance world affect you and your practice? Is a private-pay only practice possible? Discover what every therapist should know about insurance, even if you never join an insurance plan, including how to keep new clients even when you aren't on their plan, a strategy for getting in the door at "full" insurance plans, the 13 essential questions to ask when checking coverage, and the secret to getting more treatment approved. We'll discuss tips to avoid costly denials, including what should go on your claims and superbills/invoices. This workshop will help you make your services more accessible to clients of all socioeconomic backgrounds, and help you successfully advocate for your clients with insurance.

Some of the many topics covered:
♣ HMOs, EPOs, PPOs, and POSs – What’s the Difference, and Why it Matters
♣ Provider Choices: Network Providers vs. Out-of-Network Providers
♣ How to Get on Insurance Plans -- What They Are Looking For
♣ Update on Recent Changes in the Insurance World
♣ Medi-Cal Now Open to MFTs and Interns
♣ The Pros and Cons of Accepting Insurance
♣ Out of Network Providers -- What You Need to Know
♣ How to Keep Clients Even if You Aren't in Their Network
♣ Our Biggest Fears about Working with Insurance: Myth or Reality?
♣ Couples/Family Therapy Billing
♣ Surviving Treatment Reviews: How to Address Medical Necessity Criteria ♣ What Insurance Plans Expect in Your Progress Notes
♣ Checking Coverage: 13 Essential Questions You Must Ask to Avoid Denials
♣ How to Fill Out a Claim Form, and Avoid Common Claims Mistakes
♣ What Should Be on Your Invoice/Superbill
♣ Confidentiality Issues when Using Insurance
♣ Insurance Fraud: Common Billing Practices that are actually Fraud

8:30 am Registration Starts
8:30am - 9:00am - Networking
9:00am - 9:30am - Annual Membership Meeting
9:30am - 11:00am - Workshop
11:00am - 11:10am
- Break
11:10am - 12:30pm - Workshop
12:30pm - 1:30pm -
1:30pm - 3:00pm - Workshop
3:00pm - 3:10pm - Break
3:10pm - 4:30pm - Workshop Ends

Learning Objectives:
  • Describe the different types of insurance plans and define basic insurance terms and concepts, enabling the participant to educate clients about how these benefits and limitations impact treatment.
  • Identify the most common provider mistake that leads to treatment disruption and claim denials
  • Identify the elements of medical necessity criteria, and how to document the medical necessity of treatment
Presenter Bio:
Barbara Griswold, MFT, is the author of Navigating the Insurance Maze: The Therapist's Complete Guide to Working with Insurance -- And Whether You ( In private practice in San Jose, CA, she provides phone consultations to therapists nationwide with insurance questions or problems, and invites you to subscribe to her free e-mail newsletter on this topic. Barbara is a proud 29 year member of CAMFT, and has served on the CAMFT Board of Directors and State Ethics Committee, and is a past BBS Orals Examiner.

2018 Licensed, Associate or Affiliate Member of SVC-CAMFT: $85
2018 Pre-Licensed Member of SVC-CAMFT : $65
Non-Member: $105

Registration Ends Thursday, January 25, 2018
Walk-in Registration on the day of the event is an additional $5 and is not guaranteed and is based upon availability. 

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Effective January 1, 2018 SVC-CAMFT event registration must be paid online except with prior approval.  Registration dates and fees may vary and are subject to change without notice.  Event discounts prices and discount periods may or may not be offered.  Event registration is deemed complete during the registration period in which registration payment is received.  Incomplete or unpaid registration will be cancelled and removed at the end of each registration period.  

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