Buffalo Training Details

New! Misery or Mastery: Become a Documentation Wizard in Behavioral Health Practice

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Date/Time: Friday, Jul. 19, 2019, 8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Location: UB, Center for Tomorrow, Maple Rd. and Flint Rd., Amherst, NY
Hours: 6.0
CEUs: 6.0
Cost: $140.00
Lunch Included: Yes

Presenter

Beth Rontal

Degrees:
MSW, LICSW

Bio:
Beth Rontal, LICSW, is a nationally recognized and engaging speaker on clinical documentation for those working in agency behavioral health settings, as well as private practice clinicians. Her Documentation Wizard ™ training programs empower clinicians, reduce anxiety about documentation, and further professional integrity. It simplifies the documentation process by systematically linking effective documentation with quality care. This helps to pass audits and protect income. Beth mastered her teaching skills with thousands of hours supervising and training psychotherapists. She writes blogs on clinical documentation, co-chairs the NASW Private Practice Shared Interest Group, and has a private practice in Brookline, MA, specializing in working with people who struggle with emotional eating. Her documentation training website is www.DocumentationWizard.com.

Description

Early bird discount of $140 early bird by June 14th; $165 after June 14th.

Clinical Documentation is not only an important part of any therapeutic program, it is integral to the professional standard of care. At the same time, clinical documentation is often the most disliked part of the work. Many behavioral health managers, private practice clinicians, and clinic owners feel there is little guidance about what to write while clinicians find that there is little time to write it. Paperwork often seems unrelated to being helpful to the client. Confusion over third-party expectations and often substandard paperwork is a common result, leaving both clinicians and clinics vulnerable to a financial loss if records are audited, or to legal, ethical or professional issues if records are subpoenaed.

Good documentation skills should help organize clinical thinking. These are core skills that transcend specific regulatory or insurer forms you need to use. Writing notes should be able to be done quickly and efficiently, and provide a vehicle for formulating and reflecting on high quality clinical work rather than being a detour or afterthought. Good documentation supports good clinical practice, facilitates getting authorizations, and helps behavioral health professionals and clinics pass insurance audits, thus saving thousands of dollars in potential recoupments and lost productivity. It contributes to a marked reduction in work related anxiety and increased job satisfaction.


Learning Objectives:
1. Apply the clinical documentation process to write effective progress notes, treatment plans, collateral/case consult notes, and diagnostic and discharge summaries;
2. Demonstrate how to translate clinical work into the behavioral language required by insure companies no matter what therapeutic modality used;
3. Apply the Golden Thread to justify Medical Necessity;
4. Identify the Red Flags to prevent insurance recoupments.


Research: There are a variety of reputable websites regarding best practice standards for documenting medical necessity. A few select sites include: Association for Behavioral Health Care; Massachusetts Standardized Documentation Project http://bit.ly/2NdzDET; Medical Documentation for Behavioral Health Practitioners 2015 at https://go.cms.gov/2EkA9OV; and a specific social work resource book Sidell, Nancy L. Social Work Documentation; a Guide to Strengthening Your Case Recording, NASW Press, Washington, DC, 2011. & revised edition, 2015 http://bit.ly/2Eh5yBt


Target Audience: social workers, mental health practitioners, creative arts therapists, marriage and facility therapists, addictions professionals, and other interested human service staff.

Content Level: intermediate

CEUs

NY Social Workers: University at Buffalo School of Social Work Office of Continuing Education is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0001. Full attendance is required; no partial credit will be awarded for partial attendance. 6 live in-person contact hours are approved.

NY Mental Health Counselors: University at Buffalo School of Social Work Office of Continuing Education is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors. #MHC-0008. Full attendance is required; no partial credit will be awarded for partial attendance. 6 live in-person contact hours are approved.

NY Creative Arts Therapists: University at Buffalo School of Social Work Office of Continuing Education is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed creative arts therapists. #CAT-0003. Full attendance is required; no partial credit will be awarded for partial attendance. 6 live in-person contact hours are approved.

NY Marriage and Family Therapists: University at Buffalo School of Social Work Office of Continuing Education is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists. #MFT-0007. Full attendance is required; no partial credit will be awarded for partial attendance. 6 live in-person contact hours are approved.

NYS OASAS addictions professionals, provider #0045: 6 hours approved for CASAC, CPP & CPS Renewal hours.

ADA Accommodations: If you require any support for your ADA needs in the United States, please contact us by email at least 3 weeks prior to the event by email at sw-ce@buffalo.edu or by phone at 716-829-5841.

Customer Service: We are happy to respond to any concerns or questions you may have. Please contact us at by email at sw-ce@buffalo.edu or by phone at 716-829-5841.